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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. 

Cancer control advocacy

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

The UICC Knowledge, Advocacy and Policy (KAP) team 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.

Latest advocacy news & blog articles
Staff at Asociación Tour Rosa de Costa Rica provide essential supplies and support to cancer patients during COVID-19
12 August 2020

Addressing metastatic breast cancer in the time of the coronavirus pandemic

The organisations who were awarded UICC-Pfizer SPARC grants last year have shown resilience in face of COVID-19 in addressing metastatic breast cancer (MBC) with virtual support groups, home visits and a radio drama series.

WHO adopts the Global Strategy towards the elimination of cervical cancer
5 August 2020

A historic milestone in the global movement to eliminate cervical cancer

WHO’s Global Strategy for the elimination of cervical cancer marks an unprecedented move to mobilise the international health community and ensure that future generations of women do not die from a preventable cancer.

Air pollution in Beijing, China - air pollution contributes to an estimated 15% of lung cancer deaths
31 July 2020

Marking World Lung Cancer Day during the COVID-19 pandemic

Lung cancer kills more than 1.7 million people each year, yet with proper prevention and accessible treatment these numbers can be reduced.

Doctor administrating vaccination to girl
22 July 2020

UICC welcomes the WHO & UNICEF response to a decline in vaccinations

Recent data from WHO and UNICEF highlights a worrying decline in child vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Older adults face bias and inequity in healthcare and cumulative risks for COVID-19
9 July 2020

Cancer care for older adults during COVID-19

Experts at a Virtual Dialogue hosted by UICC weighed in on the inequities and bias faced by older cancer patients in accessing healthcare and their cumulative risks for COVID-19.

Antimicrobial resistance threatens cancer care
7 July 2020

The impending public health crisis of antimicrobial resistance

The growing resistance of microbes to medicines that are designed to fight off infections threatens to strain health systems worldwide and could seriously compromise better cancer treatment outcomes.

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: 
Monday 10 August 2020
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