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 prevent millions of 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. UICC does this by developping a campaign that serves the different organisational priorities of its members worldwide. 

  • UICC offers 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, UICC works to seize digital, traditional and social media opportunities to raise public awareness of the day. 

Through the continued support of members and key partners, World Cancer Day has firmly cemented itself in calendars across the world.

World Cancer Day is more than a day on the calendar. That’s why our campaign is built to inspire change and mobilise action long after the day itself. A multi-year campaign means more exposure and engagement, more opportunities to build global awareness and ultimately more impact. 

The theme for World Cancer Day 2022-2024 is Close the Care Gap. We know that every single one of us has the ability to make a difference, large or small, and that together we can make real progress in reducing the global impact of cancer.

Read the World Cancer Day 2022 Impact Report

World Cancer Day 2023 – 4 Feb



World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 Feb.






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Words of support
Vanina Laurent-Ledru, Sanofi

"As a sponsor for World Cancer Day, we believe that your health matters, no matter your age. As a part of our When Cancer Grows Old™ initiative, Sanofi is collaborating with the global cancer community, including advocates and healthcare providers around the world, to give people with cancer the best possible chance to grow older."

Vanina Laurent-Ledru, Vice President of Global Public Affairs, Sanofi Specialty Care
Kenji Lopez Cuevas, Cancer Warriors de Mexico

“While we have different languages, varied cultured and diverse origins, we share a common enemy: cancer. World Cancer Day reminds us that cancer affects millions around the world and that if we work together, we can defeat it".

Kenji Lopez Cuevas
Last update: 
Monday 25 July 2022
Latest World Cancer Day news
World Cancer Day flag flying on the Mont Blanc Bridge 31 January – 6 February in Geneva, Switzerland, where UICC is headquarted
8 February 2022

Towards closing the care gap on World Cancer Day

This past 4 February once again brought together the global cancer community, with thousands around the world mobilising in favour of greater equity and fairer access to cancer services.

Doctor speaking to a woman and her child. (C) National Cancer Center - Korea (NCCK)
4 February 2022

World Cancer Day special issue on equity from the IJC

A series of articles in UICC’s International Journal of Cancer look at the many socio-economic factors that lead to inequity in cancer care and the impact on incidence and survival.

World Cancer Day -branded image of the girl with outstretched hands giving the victory sign
1 February 2022

Join the global health community on 4th February to close the gap in cancer care

Join UICC’s live broadcast on #worldcancerday, amplifying the voice of the cancer community, generating enthusiasm and raising awareness about the need to #CloseTheCareGap!

Doctor speaking to a patient in a clinic in Mexico
26 January 2022

Cancer organisations work to overcome socioeconomic inequities in health care

UICC’s report on the Social Determinants of Health and Cancer now includes actions by Members around the world to overcome the barriers that many people experience in accessing care.

The old Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, lit up in orange for World Cancer Day thanks to ICON Group
6 December 2021

Icon Group mobilises in support of World Cancer Day

In an interview with UICC, Icon’s Group Executive for Brand and Communication, Jenny Hansen, offers insight into how ICON leverages the UICC-led World Cancer Day campaign and provides tips for UICC members.

Older white woman and young black woman looking at each other smiling, showing strength, symbolising the new World Cancer Day campaign theme, "Close the care gap"
9 November 2021

World Cancer Day’s new three-year “Close the care gap” campaign kicks off!

Today, UICC is proud to present World Cancer Day’s new campaign on building fairer, more equitable access to cancer care for all.