One week to World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day 2019
28 January 2019

What's happening, what you need to know and what to look out for.

We are a full week away from one of the biggest international awareness days, and we’re already seeing a flurry of activity taking place. Here is a full break down of what to expect over the next seven days as we count down to World Cancer Day 2019. 

What’s happening: 

There are hundreds of events and activities being organised by UICC members taking place all around the world. At last count we have over 40 workshops, conferences and seminars featured on the Map of Impact, topics ranging from cancer-related fatigue to healthy living post-treatment and from achieving global access to treatment to Artificial Intelligence. 

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One of the hundreds of activities taking place on World Cancer Day: Rebel Against Skin Cancer in Vienna, Austria

Communities are also banding together to raise awareness this 4 February. Get involved with an 80’s aqua fundraiser, Singing Therapy, a City Workout, a Butterflies and Fireflies Brunch, and a prayer service among many more activities. Find out more at:  

The Council on Foreign Relations will also be hosting a special World Cancer Day meeting on Wednesday 30 January in New York. UICC CEO, Cary Adams and Nobel Prize winner and former director of the National Health Institute, Dr Harold Varmus, will be offering their insights into the global cancer divide. 

What to look out for: 

Thanks to World Cancer Day visionary partner, MSD, World Cancer Day wil have it's very own custom emoji. Just use the official hashtags #WorldCancerDay and #IAmAndIWill in your Twitter posts. 

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The Fullerton Hotel illuminated in orange and blue for World Cancer Day 2018

Be sure to look out for landmarks around the world which will be lighting up in orange and blue for World Cancer Day. UICC members have been working with their cities to ensure we shine a spotlight on the day. Confirmed landmarks include: 

  • Transcorp Hilton, Abuja,
  • Prudential Centre and the  Zakim Bridge, Boston
  • Jet d’eau, Geneva
  • Galata Tower and the Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul  
  • National Theatre, Lagos
  • Terreiro do Paço, Lisbon
  • Manchester Town Hall, Manchester
  • Royal Opera House, Muscat
  • The Fullerton Building (Fullerton Hotel), Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, NTUC Building (One Marina Boulevard), Ocean Financial Centre, and Marina Square, Singapore 
  • Caretta Shiodome, Tokyo
  • City of the Arts and Sciences Museum, Valencia
  • Independence Monument, Parliament Building and City Hall, Yangon
  • York Hospital, York

(Read more about last year's landmarks here)

UICC partner, Varian, will be ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange and will be giving World Cancer Day a shout out. Watch the live stream starting 9.24am EST on Monday 4 February.

We’ll also be making an exciting announcement on 4 February, so make sure to stay tuned. 

What you need to know: 

The official World Cancer Day 2019 press release will be published on the 4 February. If you’re a UICC member organisation or partner and you haven’t received your advanced copy, email us at

If you are sending out your own World Cancer Day press release and would like to publish it on the World Cancer Day website, please also email

Get visibiity for your activities by adding your event details to the Map of Impact and posting your social media content with the official hashtags: #WorldCancerDay and #IAmAndIWill (or its respective translations).

Save time by using the ready made materials including posters, social media content and infographics, available in English, Spanish, French, Brazilian Portuguese and Arabic. You’ll also find the new logo and posters in over 50 different language.

Stay up-to-date with the latest news by subscribing to the official World Cancer Day email news and follow our Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels. 

About World Cancer Day 

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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Last update: 
Friday 7 June 2019