Promoting cancer in global health and development agendas.

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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Discover the themes and sessions of the World Cancer Congress

With preparations advancing at high speed, UICC is looking forward to welcoming delegates and opening the World Cancer Congress on 18 October. A limited number of on-site registrations still available!

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Podcast "Let's Talk Cancer": Caring for older adults - a topic that concerns everyone

In this episode of Let’s talk cancer on cancer and ageing, Dr Enrique Soto speaks about the need for more patient-centred care and geriatric oncology expertise in caring for older adults with cancer.

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22 September 2022

World Cancer Research Day: improve equity in cancer research

World Cancer Research Day, celebrated on 24 September since 2016, promotes the role of research in reducing the number of people who develop cancer and improving survival rates and quality of life.

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14 September 2022

Nursing older patients with cancer

Older adults often present multiple chronic diseases, which can make treating cancer more complicated, and other challenges in accessing care, including losing agency over their health choices. Erin McLennan explains the importance of listening to their experiences and needs, and how education and advocacy are two areas where nurses can help improve cancer care for older adults.

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1 September 2022

Preventing children from dying unnecessarily from cancer

In this episode of Let's Talk Cancer marking Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Cary Adams speaks with Richard Shadyac about the underlying challenges with childhood cancer and the actions being taken to overcome them.

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29 August 2022

Greater access to health services for people with disabilities

There are more than one billion people with disabilities globally, many of whom face systemic discrimination in health care, leading to worse outcomes particularly concerning cancer diagnosis and care.

Key advocacy initiatives

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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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