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Advocacy
Promoting cancer in global health and development agendas.
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In 2020, an estimated 19.3 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 levels. 

UICC is the only organisation of its type globally dedicated to uniting and working with the cancer community. It has the unique capability to unite voices from around the world. UICC’s pledge to its members is to ensure that they have the opportunity and the channels to have their voices heard on the global stage and that the latest updates in the global health space will be curated and shared with them. 

Cancer control advocacy

Cancer control advocacy is the strategic process of influencing governments, decision-makers and other key stakeholders to develop commitments, plans and policies, and allocate the resources needed to drive change.

UICC works across the policy cycle to help bring together the evidence base for effective cancer control, develop tools to support national advocacy and share examples of successful policy change.

Knowledge, Advocacy and Policy cycle

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Knowledge – bringing together the evidence-base for effective cancer control.

Advocacy – influencing decision makers and other stakeholders to change policies to improve cancer outcomes.

Policy – Developing and implementing policies and programmes to improve cancer and health outcomes.

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Our impact

The past decade has seen the creation of a global framework to drive improvements in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for cancer patients and people living with other NCDs. UICC is proud to have been an active partner in this process. The interactive timeline provides a quick snapshot of the major ‘wins’ that global advocacy has been able to deliver, and you can explore these further using the global cancer commitments navigator.

Advocacy priorities

Looking ahead to 2030 and beyond, UICC has reflected on where it can leverage its expertise and platforms to better support members and the global health community in driving change. From this process, five areas have been identified where UICC can help build momentum for change.

Click on any of the advocacy priorities below (and the sub-topics related) to view more information.  

Improve comprehensive cancer planning
Make the case for investing in cancer control
Maintain the momentum behind cancer prevention
Increase access to diagnosis, treatment and care
Build partnerships to support global cancer control

 

 

 

Our advocacy work is delivered with the kind support from the following partners:

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Latest advocacy news & blog articles
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3 February 2023
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Commercial interests drive millions of cancer deaths

Marking World Cancer Day on 4 February, UICC calls on governments around the world to prioritise four policy actions to reduce preventable cancers caused by tobacco use and the consumption of alcohol and ultra-processed foods.

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2 February 2023
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World Cancer Day Equity Report highlights barriers to cancer care

In a new report, present and past members of the UICC Board of Directors write about the disparities in cancer care in their respective countries and regions and what is being done to close the care gap.

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1 February 2023
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Podcast "Let's Talk Cancer" – Health equity and human rights

Deputy Commissioner Johanne Morne at the NY State Department of Health is among a growing number of public officials in the US and around the world with a dedicated role in improving access to care for underserved populations.

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30 January 2023
Blog

Understanding the access gap in cancer care

On the occasion of World Cancer Day on 4 February, Matt Sause, CEO of Roche Diagnostics, a UICC partner, writes about how to think differently about the barriers that exist between scientific discovery and patient impact.

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27 January 2023
News

JCO special World Cancer Day issue on equitable access to cancer care

Ahead of World Cancer Day, JCO Global Oncology (JCO GO) is showcasing previously published articles on how to address disparities in access to cancer services globally.

UICC staff mark the end of the World Cancer Congress 2022. UICC has organised international congresses every two or four years since it was established at a congress in Madrid in 1933.
23 January 2023
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90 years of working toward closing the gap in cancer care around the world

UICC is excited to celebrate this year 90 years of working to lower the incidence of cancer and improve chances of survival for everyone, everywhere.

Key advocacy initiatives

World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016

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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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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
Last update: 
Tuesday 14 December 2021
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