World Cancer Day

About World Cancer Day

What it is

World Cancer Day is the one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. It takes place every year on 4 February.

World Cancer Day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease.

UICC continues to expand on the success and impact of the day and is committed to ensuring that year-on-year the event is seen and heard by more people around the world. We do this through working directly with our members to develop a campaign that serves their differing organisational priorities; this is achieved through a two-pronged strategic approach:

  • UICC provides support through the development of tools and guidance to encourage its member organisations to run local cancer awareness campaigns that are aligned and adapted to the global World Cancer Day message.
  • On an above-country level, we work to secure and support digital, traditional and social media opportunities to raise public awareness of the day. Through the continued support of our membership and key partners, World Cancer Day is beginning to firmly cement itself in calendars across the world.

To learn more about World Cancer Day, please visit the World Cancer Day website.

World Cancer Day 2021 – 4 Feb



World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 Feb.






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Words of support

"Our support for World Cancer Day will help elevate the need for access to early detection and diagnosis, as an enabler to precise treatment.  On behalf of Diaceutics, I am honored to be a part of this effort and I will relentlessly drive better testing."

Peter Keeling, CEO

"World Cancer Day reminds Run For a Cure Africa (RFCA) of the global emergency that is cancer and how each of us play our part in controlling the disease. Witnessing how RFCA is a part of a larger community of advocates, gives our work so much meaning and spurs us into action."

Ebele Mbanugo, Ed.D Founder/Executive Director
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Last update: 
Friday 5 June 2020
Latest World Cancer Day news
3 September 2020

The final year of World Cancer Day’s ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign kicks off this month

Join supporters around the world on Facebook Live this 22nd September for the official launch 

European Parliament on World Cancer Day
15 April 2020

Government leaders get behind World Cancer Day: Report Released

We know that not one single group of individuals can change the burden of cancer alone. However, as we are finding in this most dynamic time, governments and their leaders have a particularly important role in protecting the health of their nations. 

World Cancer Day 2020 Basic Health International event
23 March 2020

The strength of World Cancer Day in 2020: Impact Report released

This World Cancer Day was particularly significant. It marked a historical 20 years of World Cancer Day. It also represented a pivotal moment: the start of a new decade of cancer control efforts around the world. 

World Cancer Day cover
7 February 2020

World Cancer Day 2020: How the world took action

World Cancer Day 2020 was one to remember. Supporters from all over made their mark on the day, raising awareness, taking action and inspiring everyone. 

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4 February 2020

International survey reveals unacceptable cancer awareness divide

  • International Public Opinion Survey on Cancer 2020 report available to download here
  • Results indicate gaps in cancer risk awareness and health-promoting behaviours between higher and lower socioeconomic groups
  • 4 February 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of World Cancer Day
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4 February 2020

C/Can calls on cities to drive change in cancer care

C/Can launches 'The City of Tomorrow', a new global campaign to inspire cities in low- and middle-income countries to join C/Can in tackling the world’s growing cancer burden.