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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Friday 5 June 2020
Latest World Cancer Day news
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This past World Cancer Day, “Together, all of our actions mattered”

Together, UICC, its members and partners and the entire cancer community ended the World Cancer Day 2019-2021 campaign on a high note, making the final year of “I Am and I Will” a significant success.

Mark Crafts, Cancer Survivor and World Cancer Day Solidarity Challenge Rider
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34 celebrities build buzz for a successful World Cancer Day Solidarity Challenge

The first edition of the World Cancer Day Solidarity Challenge offered a nail-biting race to the finish, which generated enthusiasm and support for the fight against cancer around the globe.

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8 February 2021

World Cancer Day is over for one more year

Only just a few days ago, this past 4th February brought together the global cancer community, inspired powerful conversations and saw thousands of activities that helped to raise awareness and connected communities.

This World Cancer Day, UICC gives voice and says thank you to all those in the cancer community who have worked these past 12 months through the pandemic
4 February 2021

Adaptations and innovations in cancer care through COVID-19 and beyond

On World Cancer Day, UICC shines a light on the heroic responses to the pandemic by cancer organisations and individuals around the world struggling to maintain progress in cancer care.

3 February 2021

Finding common ground this World Cancer Day

This World Cancer Day, UICC has asked perfect strangers to engage in open and frank dialogue about cancer in a series of Common Ground conversations.

Join UICC staff and individuals from around the world on the World Cancer Day Live page for a full day of live and exclusive events on 4th February
1 February 2021

Join the World Cancer Day Live Broadcast on 4th February

UICC will be streaming live a host of inspiring and educational events on World Cancer Day, including exchanges with experts and people living with cancer, a yoga session, book readings and musical performances.