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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
Logs piled outside tobacco curing barns in Malawi.
18 May 2022
Blog

The cigarette industry’s green disguise

Marking the upcoming World No Tobacco Day, Sonja von Eichborn explores the tobacco industry’s toll on the environment and its greenwashing strategy.

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16 May 2022
News

UICC members in the MEA region work to reduce tobacco production and use

Many countries in low-resource settings face significant hurdles in enforcing anti-tobacco laws, enabling farmers to transition to alternative crops, and fighting the smuggling of chemicals and tobacco products.

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13 May 2022
News

"Let's Talk Cancer": New technologies revolutionising cancer care

In this episode of Let’s Talk Cancer, Dr Ben Newton of GE Healthcare talks about advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment that improve the early detection of cancer, as well as patients’ chances of survival and experiences. 

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11 May 2022
Blog

Invest in nursing education to strengthen the fight against antimicrobial resistance

Marking International Nurses Day on 12 May, Howard Catton explains how investing early in nurses’ education on antibiotics can help address the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance.

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10 May 2022
News

On 4 February, we took action to close the gap in cancer care

Together, UICC, its members and partners and the entire cancer community made the new World Cancer Day “Close the care gap” campaign a resounding success.

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6 May 2022
Blog

No Woman Left Behind – a call for gender equity

Marking World Ovarian Cancer Day on 8 May, Clara MacKay reveals the chasm of inequities in ovarian cancer as incidence and mortality rise particularly for already disadvantaged populations.

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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