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.

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Words of support

"At Merck, we are proud to be a partner of World Cancer Day and to collaborate with our peers in supporting vital awareness and education activities, which are essential in reducing the global burden of cancer. Being a truly global initiative, we are keen, yet again, to engage with the oncology community and the public worldwide to do our part in continuing to advance cancer care for patients."

Maya Martinez-Davis, Global Head of Oncology Franchise

“Supporting World Cancer Day each year, gives the Samoa Cancer Society the opportunity to not only engage with local community members and their WCD activities, but most importantly, it gives us the platform to highlight and share cancer issues within our country, with government and other health sector providers." 

Shelley Burich, Executive Officer
World Cancer Day proudly supported by
World Cancer Day Partners, MSD, BMS and Merck
Last update: 
Thursday 22 November 2018
Latest World Cancer Day news
5 December 2018

UICC President Visits Japan: Engages in Series of Meetings with Stakeholders and Holds Press Conference at Japan Press Center

Highlights UICC key campaigns: Treatment for All and C/Can 2025: City Cancer Challenge, and also emphasises the importance of cancer registries and related research in Asia

1 November 2018

Watch again: World Cancer Day Facebook Live session

If you missed the Facebook Live session, the recording is now available. 

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26 October 2018

Join the World Cancer Day Facebook Live Broadcast

Find out more about the new campaign, get your questions answered and meet the team behind World Cancer Day. 

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4 October 2018

World Cancer Day’s new theme focuses squarely on you

New global campaign launches at World Cancer Congress 

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4 May 2018

Watch the World Cancer Day 2016-2018 video

Take a look back at three years of impact and how the world came together to make positive change in this special video. 

UICC Awards
23 April 2018

UICC Awards: celebrating excellence from across the membership

The 2018 World Cancer Congress will provide the occasion for the first UICC Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievements and innovative practices by UICC member organisations.