Painting the world in orange and blue

5 February 2018

Cities all over the world shone a light for World Cancer Day  

This past Sunday 4 February, city skylines lit up in orange and blue to mark World Cancer Day.

Coast to coast and in nearly twenty different countries, landmarks, monuments and iconic buildings provided a breath-taking and dramatic display of support.

From one of the seven wonders of the world, Petra, to the Bophorus Bridge in Istanbul linking Asia and Europe, to architectural wonder of the City of the Arts and Sciences Museum in Valencia, Spain, to the stately Royal Opera House in Muscat, and to the iconic Empire State Building, these landmarks signalled their commitment to the global challenge of cancer. 

We also saw lights go up in the heart of Tokyo, the transport hub of Mumbai to hailed sporting grounds of Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil to Parliament House in Athens, Greece.

Thank you to the cities, the guardians of each landmark and UICC members for helping to bring attention to World Cancer Day with their symbolic act of support.

Australia - Story Bridge, Brisbane

Qatar - Torch Hotel, Doha 

Turkey - Galata Tower and Yavuz Sultan Selim Bosphorus Bridge linking Europe and Asia

  • Pazo de Raxoi (City Council Building), Santiago, Spain
  • Caretta Shiodome, Tokyo, Japan 
  • Railway Station, Mumbai, India
  • Yas Viceroy Hotel, Abu Dhabi
  • Zakim Bridge, Boston, US
  • Hellenic Parliament, Athens, Greece
  • Le Royal Hotels & Resorts, Amman, Jordan
  • Parks in Antalya, Turkey
  • Historical Stone Bridge from 3500 B.C, Adana, Turkey
  • Nacional Congress, Grêmio FBPA Arena, Beira-Rio Stadium, Guaíba Bridge and São Migue, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Vegas City Hall, Moscow, Russia
  • Samara Regional Oncology Center, Russia   

About World Cancer Day 2018

World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 February and is the single initiative under which the world can unite to raise the profile of cancer in a positive and inspiring way. Spearheaded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), World Cancer Day takes place for the last year under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, which explores how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, everyone has the power to take action to reduce the impact that cancer has. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action.

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Last update: 
Friday 7 June 2019