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Advocacy
Promoting cancer in global health and development agendas.
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In 2012, an estimated 14.1 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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the cancer resolution

Let us call for national action from global commitments made through the 2017 . Add your voice: www.uicc.org/CancerResolution

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.

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Advocacy Toolkit

The 2nd edition of the UICC Advocacy Toolkit ‘Galvanizing Efforts To Achieve The World Cancer Declaration Targets’.

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2018 World Cancer Leaders' Summit kicks off in KL

Sunday, 30 September – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | The 2018 World Cancer Leaders' Summit was kicked off in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia under the theme "Cancer Treatment for All".

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27 September 2018

Continuing Quest for UHC for Cancer in Asia

On 5 September 2018 the UICC Asia Regional Office (UICC-ARO) convened the second Japan Public-Private Dialogue Forum at the House of Councillors Members’ Building as a follow-up to the previous meeting held at United Nations University in Tokyo in April. Senior representatives of government, academia and industry met to discuss the progress made since April, noting in particular the significance of the Japanese government having included specific reference to cancer in its revised basic policy on the Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative, which was adopted in July 2018. The meeting provided an opportunity for all stakeholders to discuss ways forward for improving access to cancer care, with the WHO Cancer Report and other global initiatives in mind.

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27 September 2018

“National Cancer Control Plans: A Global Analysis” published in the Lancet Oncology

Geneva, Switzerland, 27th September 2018- UICC, as part of the International Cancer Control Partnership (ICCP), has conducted a global analysis of national cancer control plans (NCCPs).

27 September 2018

Global cancer leaders call for treatment for all

Under the banner of improving Treatment for All, cancer leaders from around the world met today in Kuala Lumpur to take stock what the 2018 High-Level Meeting on NCDs meeting means for cancer control and how we can drive forward the action we need.