The UICC Cervical Cancer Initiative developed a World Cancer Day sub-campaign to showcase how this year’s theme could be adapted to a specific issue or type of cancer, and implemented by the members. There were two facts sheets and two webinars.

Content for the sub-campaign was provided in the form of two fact sheets, which presented cervical cancer myths and misconceptions, as well as two webinars organised with the Cervical Cancer Action Coalition. These highly attended webinars examined the impact local myths and misconceptions can have on the success of a project.

All materials for the Cervical Cancer sub-campaign for World Cancer Day can be found here.


Fighting myths and misconceptions through education

World Cancer Day provided a great platform for members to advocate for more resources in education as a way to reduce stigmatisation and increase early detection. Many members campaigned on the priority of increasing research aimed at understanding the causes and prevention of cancer in the low- and middle-income countries. Education and training are key elements in the fight against cancer. Members stressed the importance for increased exchange of knowledge and information worldwide. 

UICC’s Fellowships programme has been addressing these needs for over 50 years. In 2012, over 60 grants to support fellowships and workshops have been awarded through ICRETT, YY and ACSBI grant mechanisms, channelling funding to more than 36 countries. Many UICC members are already benefitting from the programme as home or host institutes. We encourage our members to take advantage of this programme and to spread the word to their networks (for example by downloading and sharing this newsletter). UICC’s resources section ( is also a powerful way to discover members’ key tools and sharing good practices. Members who would like to learn more are invited to contact our education team (

UICC Fellowships deadlines for this year:

  • YY Fellowships: 1 July 2013
  • ACSBI Fellowships:  1 November 2013
  • APCASOT Fellowships: October 2013
  • ICRETT Fellowships: Open application
  • ICRETT Workshops: Open application