World Cancer Day 2020: How the world took action

7 February 2020

World Cancer Day 2020 was one to remember. Supporters from all over made their mark on the day, raising awareness, taking action and inspiring everyone. 

Watch the World Cancer Day 2020 highlights video. 

World Cancer Day 2020 was nothing short of incredible. The day brought together individuals, communities, businesses, and the international cancer community for a day to help raise awareness, improve education, deliver action and inspire leadership. 

At last count, nearly 900 activities took place in 100 countries. With over 700,000 social media posts shared, half a million website visitors, and more than 1,000 press articles published, World Cancer Day was seen and heard everywhere. 

Thank you to every single person who showed their support. Here are just a few highlights from the hundreds and hundreds of brave, bold and brilliant actions from World Cancer Day 2020:

Editor's note: This article has been updated since its original publication to include updated campaign data. The World Cancer Day 2020 Impact Report with the final campaign results will be available at the end of March.  

#WorldCancerDay trended around the world 

The International Public Opinion Survey on Cancer is released 

Leaders stepped up and showed their support

Europe kicked off their cancer plans 

Ellen tweeted

So did the United Nations

Dr Arnold urged people to get screened 

Prof Swain set the record straight 

The Obama Foundation expressed gratitude

The voices of patients and survivors were heard 

About World Cancer Day 2020

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 while calling for action from governments and individuals across the world.

World Cancer Day 2020 will be led by the theme ‘I Am and I Will’, 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 from the success of last year’s campaign, which saw nearly 1,000 activities taking place in 127 countries, over 700,000 social media posts, and 62 governments participating in 2019.

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About World Cancer Day activities and grassroots events

Local and international associations and communities around the world are 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: 
Monday 24 February 2020