Promoting cancer in global health and development agendas.

In 2012, an estimated 14.1 million people were newly diagnosed with cancer. It is expected that by 2030, this number will rise to 21.6 million. This alarming trend can be reversed with strong action at global and national level. 

Investing in cancer control, from prevention to treatment and care, can bring about important changes in disease burden by reducing cancer-related illness and death. It is estimated that increased annual international funding of USD 18 billion globally on prevention, earlier detection and improved care for cancer patients could save three million lives per year by 2030 - and many more in the decades beyond.  

What is cancer control advocacy?

Advocacy for cancer control is a strategic process that is designed to influence governments, decision makers and other key stakeholders through the effective use of evidence, to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.

Advocacy at UICC

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 upon key international agreements, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global Action Plan on NCDs 2013-2020, the World Cancer Declaration and the 2017 Cancer Resolution -  to ensure that these global goals and targets are translated into national action.

In addition to all countries developing and implementing an appropriately resourced and time-bound national cancer plan, we wish to see measurable improvements in the way that cancers are detected, treated and cured around the world. 

With global cancer burden trends on the rise, advocacy at UICC is shifting its immediate attention to Treatment for All, a campaign emphasising improved data, early detection, treatment and care to meet our global commitment of a 25% reduction in cancer and NCD mortality by 2025.

The importance of the advocacy work

"We are proud to call ourselves one of the first partners of UICC. UICC called on our expertise in the area of cancer prevention for the global advocacy campaign. Together, UICC and its members have successfully placed cancer on the global stage, putting the cancer community in position for even greater success in the years to come.”

Dr Kate Allen, Director, Science and Communications

"Accurate and timely diagnosis is the first enemy of cancer, as it clips its potential from the outset and halts it from invading and conquering the whole body. Unfortunately, many cancer patients, especially in the developing world, do not have this safety net, and are completely exposed to cancer’s advances without any checks. We need a robust cancer resolution that encourages fast improvements in early detection and diagnosis through a clear and urgent health system response."

HRH Princess Dina Mired
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the cancer resolution

Let us call for national action from global commitments made through the 2017 . Add your voice: www.uicc.org/CancerResolution

Key advocacy initiatives

World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016

The 1000-strong UICC membership have worked collectively to create the World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016, providing a unique civil society perspective on national successes and major challenges that remain to realise the Declaration targets, with perspectives from 113 countries.


Advocacy Toolkit

The 2nd edition of the UICC Advocacy Toolkit ‘Galvanizing Efforts To Achieve The World Cancer Declaration Targets’.

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7 March 2018

Discover UICC's new global cancer commitments navigator

Last month on World Cancer Day, UICC launched a new interactive tool to facilitate navigating the global commitments related to cancer and non-communicable diseases.

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28 February 2018

UICC marks International HPV Awareness Day

Sunday 4 March marks the 1st annual International HPV Awareness Day, spreading knowledge and prevention around the globe.

26 February 2018

Webinar on UICC's Treatment for All advocacy initiative now available

On Wednesday, 21 February, UICC staff presented its new advocacy initiative, 'Treatment for All', to members through an interactive webinar. The recorded webinar is now available here.

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12 February 2018

Civil society urges the Global Fund to end partnership with Heineken

UICC endorses an open letter to Senior Executives at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, urging the organisation to end its recently announced partnership with the Heineken Company. 

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4 February 2018

Cancer organisations worldwide called to join efforts for greater equity in access to cancer treatment and care

​Launched by the Union for International Cancer Control, the new ‘Treatment for All’ campaign aims to promote greater equity in access to cancer services to reduce the 4.3 million premature deaths due to cancer each year.

4 February 2018

On World Cancer Day, cancer leaders call for equal access to reduce premature cancer deaths by 25%

This World Cancer Day, we are calling for equal access to cancer detection, treatment and care services around the world. Share the message that everyone  - no matter where they were born, where they live, their gender, income or ethnicity -  should have access to the life-saving diagnosis, treatment and care they need.