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Promoting cancer in global health and development agendas.
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In 2018, an estimated 18.1 million people were newly diagnosed with cancer. It is expected that by 2030, this number will rise to 21.6 million. This alarming trend can be reversed with strong action at global and national level. 

Investing in cancer control, from prevention to treatment and care, can bring about important changes in disease burden by reducing cancer-related illness and death. It is estimated that increased annual international funding of USD 18 billion globally on prevention, earlier detection and improved care for cancer patients could save three million lives per year by 2030 - and many more in the decades beyond.  

What is cancer control advocacy?

Advocacy for cancer control is a strategic process that is designed to influence governments, decision makers and other key stakeholders through the effective use of evidence, to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.

Advocacy at UICC

UICC unites the cancer community through our members and partners to reduce the global cancer burden and drive forward the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) agenda - building upon key international agreements, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global Action Plan on NCDs 2013-2020, the World Cancer Declaration and the 2017 Cancer Resolution -  to ensure that these global goals and targets are translated into national action.

In addition to all countries developing and implementing an appropriately resourced and time-bound national cancer plan, we wish to see measurable improvements in the way that cancers are detected, treated and cured around the world. 

With global cancer burden trends on the rise, advocacy at UICC is shifting its immediate attention to Treatment for All, a campaign emphasising improved data, early detection, treatment and care to meet our global commitment of a 25% reduction in cancer and NCD mortality by 2025.

The importance of the advocacy work

"We are proud to call ourselves one of the first partners of UICC. UICC called on our expertise in the area of cancer prevention for the global advocacy campaign. Together, UICC and its members have successfully placed cancer on the global stage, putting the cancer community in position for even greater success in the years to come.”

Dr Kate Allen, Director, Science and Communications

"Accurate and timely diagnosis is the first enemy of cancer, as it clips its potential from the outset and halts it from invading and conquering the whole body. Unfortunately, many cancer patients, especially in the developing world, do not have this safety net, and are completely exposed to cancer’s advances without any checks. We need a robust cancer resolution that encourages fast improvements in early detection and diagnosis through a clear and urgent health system response."

HRH Princess Dina Mired
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Show your support for 

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the cancer resolution

This month, UICC announced its call for 2019 Country Champions and Mentors. Join the campaign to contribute toward reducing premature mortality and improving patient outcomes. https://www.uicc.org/NationalActivation Together, we can make a difference.

Key advocacy initiatives
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World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016

The 1000-strong UICC membership have worked collectively to create the World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016, providing a unique civil society perspective on national successes and major challenges that remain to realise the Declaration targets, with perspectives from 113 countries.

Global Cancer Commitments Navigator

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The navigator highlights the links between international, time-bound commitments to build compelling arguments for national action on cancer.

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Wednesday 10 April 2019
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6 April 2020

World Cancer Congress postponed to 16-18 March 2021

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, UICC has taken the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the World Cancer Congress to March 2021 and cancel the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit.

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30 March 2020

Bringing the Cancer Resolution to Life: Mobilising National Advocacy

In 2019, through the Cancer Advocates programme, UICC was proud to support members across the globe to refine their advocacy strategies or develop new, more effective ones.

National efforts to improve equity in access to cancer treatment and care - Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash - Hands
23 March 2020

Introducing the Cancer Advocates programme: a new name for Treatment for All

UICC’s successful Treatment for All initiative has been renamed the Cancer Advocates programme.

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13 March 2020

Coronavirus pandemic: UICC adopts remote working

Effective Monday 16 March, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) will adopt a remote working model in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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24 February 2020

UICC and WISH Project in the top 100 proposals selected by the MacArthur Foundation

UICC is proud to be a partner of the ‘Women-Inspired Strategies for Health: A Revolution Against Cervical Cancer’ (WISH) aiming to solve one of the worlds most critical health challenges.

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24 February 2020

Growing old with cancer

Ageing is a known risk factor for cancer and currently, 60% of people who have cancer are aged 65 and over. This figure is expected to double over the next two decades. UICC is partnering with Sanofi to help address the challenges of ageing with cancer.