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Advocacy

Promoting cancer in global health and development agendas.

UICC unites the cancer community through our members and partners to reduce the global cancer burden and drive forward the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) agenda. Building on the inclusion of NCDs into Agenda 2030 and the World Cancer Declaration UICC is working to integrate effective cancer control into existing health services and development plans. We are working towards ensuring all countries have strong health systems to deliver effective and comprehensive patient-centred care which is responsive to population-based cancer registries.

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Effective and equitable cancer control requires coherent national plans built on national cancer data. UICC, together with members, national governments and international organizations, has made it a priority to support the development of population-based cancer registries and other surveillance systems to shape and monitor national cancer control plans globally. 

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At least one third of cancers are preventable and UICC is working alongside members and partners to reduce global exposure to key risk factors. A number of key affordable measures - including reducing tobacco and alcohol comsumption, healthy diets, physical, and key immunizations - are sufficient to significantly reduce national cancer burdens and prevent unnecessary suffering on a global scale. 

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While cancer is a complex set of diseases which can require multiple modes of treatment and care, many of these treatments are cost effective and achievable across different national income levels. UICC is working with its global members, key partners, Governments and international organisations to achieve equity in access to global cancer medicines, radiotherapy, surgery and palliative care globally. 

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Through its members and partners, UICC unites the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden and drive forward the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) agenda. Building on the incorporation of NCDs into Agenda 2030 and the World Cancer Declaration, UICC is working to integrate effective cancer control into existing health services and development plans. 

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Advocacy is the ongoing process of changing attitudes, actions, policies and laws by influencing individuals, groups and organisations. Communicating clear and consistent messaging to the right audience is critical. The advocacy resources we have available are designed to support cancer advocates, and can be selected depending on your priorities and needs.