Though cancer is one of the world's leading killers, taking 8 million lives per year, it is largely absent from the global health and development agendas, and it is not included in the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Cancer has not been a priority for global health policy, nor recognised for its devastating impact on the economic development of low- to middle-income countries.
To have the greatest possible impact on reducing the cancer burden, UICC has made it a priority to focus on advocacy to integrate cancer into key global health and development agendas and to support increased resources to combat cancer, especially in developing countries. UICC's global advocacy efforts also support the achievement of the 11 World Cancer Declaration Targets for reducing the global cancer burden by 2020, particularly in the areas of :
- Cancer Planning and Surveillance
- Cancer Prevention and Early Detection
- Cancer Treatment and Care
With its headquarters in Geneva, a strong global network of more than 700 members, official relations with the World Health Organization, and special ECOSOC (UN Economic and Social Council) consultative status with the United Nations, UICC is uniquely positioned to take the expert opinion and views of the cancer community to the global stage.