Led by UICC and organised every 4 February, World Cancer Day 2023 marks the second year of the campaign “Close the care gap” to reduce the inequities that exist in accessing quality cancer services worldwide.
World Cancer Day 2023 is now only one month away! On 4 February, millions of people around the world will unite to move closer to a world where no-one dies from a preventable cancer or suffers unnecessarily and where everyone has access to the cancer care they need.
World Cancer Day 2023 marks the second year of the three-year ‘Close the care gap’ campaign centred on the issue of equity. This second year is about uniting individuals and organisations, advocates and policymakers in calling for change and taking action. It is also about celebrating real-world progress, not just in innovation and medical advances but even the humblest of actions that can have a significant impact: motivating neighbours to provide transport to cancer treatment for a fellow resident or ensuring that healthy and affordable food options are offered at the local school.
UICC will be looking more specifically at how unhealthy products such as tobacco, alcohol and ultra-processed foods drive a significant proportion of preventable cancer deaths, and how companies selling these products often exploit already marginalised or vulnerable groups (youth, people from low socio-economic backgrounds, ethnic minorities), amplifying the stark equity challenges faced in most countries.
World Cancer Day has become one of the most celebrated health awareness days around the world. Last year’s campaign saw over 900 activities and events take place in 105 countries, and 319 iconic landmarks were illuminated in 213 cities to mark the day, including Westminster Palace in London, Petra in Jordan and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The hashtag #WorldCancerDay trended on Twitter globally throughout the day, and over 375,000 social media posts were shared, including from U.S. First Lady Jill Biden, the British Royal Family and First Lady of Nigeria Aisha Muhammadu Buhari. More than 110,000 campaign materials were downloaded from the website, with 50,000 custom posters generated by visitors.
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