Around the world on World Cancer Day

5 February 2019

With thousands of activities and events taking place in every corner of the world this 4 February, here is a very brief play-by-play of how the world joined in this World Cancer Day across the time zones. 

A big thank you from the team at UICC to everyone - indviduals, survivors, caregivers, organisations, businesses, governments, schools and communities - who took part, gave their time and spoke up for a cancer-free world. 


World Cancer Day starts trending across Australia. 

UICC partner and Australia's largest cancer care provider, the Icon Group shares their 'I Am and I Will' messages.  

Celebrations and commerations by UICC member, the Schwe Yaung Hnin Si Foundation, take place in Yangon. 

The Singapore Cancer Society invites over 30 celebrities, partners and influencers to join in and share their 'I Am and I Will' commiment. 


The honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets out his support. 


Students from Sharafuddin School have a different type of assembly on World Cancer Day.

World Cancer Day's 'I Am and I Wil' messages accompanies commuters on their bus rides thanks to the Cancer Society of Maldives


Geneva raises the World Cancer Day flag in the early hours of the morning. 

United Kingdom 

Our friends and forces of nature, Lauren Mahon and Deborah James, hosts a special World Cancer Day episode on their smash BBC podcast, You, Me & the Big C

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The Independent reminds Britons the important things to remember on World Cancer Day.  


UICC President and HRH Princess Dina Mired spends World Cancer Day in Ghana. 

South Africa

UICC member, Pink Drive partners with the City of Johannesburg for a day of physical activity, announcements and health checks. 

United Arab Emirates 

Qatar Airways takes World Cancer Day to the skies, supporting the day with their own social media messages. 


A Ugandan cancer patient talks openly about the loss, uncertainty and financial hardship of cancer. 


The trending continues in Venezuela.  


The NHL gives us a heartfelt moment with a fan. 

The United States 

UICC partner, Varian rings the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange and pays tribute to World Cancer Day. 

Newsweek dives into the new campaign amd gets into the facts.  

Musicians around the world gets behind the day. 

And, World Cancer Day officially trends on Twitter.  

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About World Cancer Day 2019

World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 February and is the uniting global initiative under which the world comes together to raise the profile of cancer in a positive and inspiring way. Spearheaded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and improving education about the disease alongside calling on governments and individuals across the world to take action. 

2019 will be the first year of the new three-year campaign, ‘I Am and I Will’. The new theme is an empowering call for personal commitment and represents the power of our actions taken now to reduce the growing impact of cancer. This year follows on follows on the back of last year’s tremendous campaign success, including nearly 1,000 activities taking place in 130 countries, over half a million tweets, and more than 50 governments participating in 2018.

#WorldCancerDay #IAmAndIWill

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About World Cancer Day activities and grassroots events

Encouraging supporters around the world to show their inner hero and to add their voice to the day, World Cancer Day has launched its first Augmented Reality Facebook Filter. For more information, is external)

Local and international associations are also coming together to hold events dedicated to raising awareness and education about cancer, including free cancer screenings, fundraisers, awareness walks and runs, and public seminars. For more information about specific events, please visit:

Last update: 
Friday 7 June 2019