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 the 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. Every single person has the ability to make a difference, large or small, but together the health community 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: 
Tuesday 24 January 2023
Latest World Cancer Day news
Cropped head of a white male eating burger, fries, soda and beer in front of his computer.
3 February 2023

Commercial interests drive millions of cancer deaths

Marking World Cancer Day on 4 February, UICC calls on governments around the world to prioritise four policy actions to reduce preventable cancers caused by tobacco use and the consumption of alcohol and ultra-processed foods.

Social media banner promoting the World Cancer Day Equity Report with images from the WCD campaign and inside page of the report
2 February 2023

World Cancer Day Equity Report highlights barriers to cancer care

In a new report, present and past members of the UICC Board of Directors write about the disparities in cancer care in their respective countries and regions and what is being done to close the care gap.

Logo for UICC's let's talk cancer podcast, a globe wearing headphones
1 February 2023

Podcast "Let's Talk Cancer" – Health equity and human rights

Deputy Commissioner Johanne Morne at the NY State Department of Health is among a growing number of public officials in the US and around the world with a dedicated role in improving access to care for underserved populations.

Jim Tennermann, who has been diagnosed eight times with cancer, says it is important not to dive into self-pity but instead engage in a passion; his are guitar and cycling.
9 January 2023

Podcast "Let's Talk Cancer" – Overcoming eight cancer diagnoses

In the lead-up to World Cancer Day, listen to the unique story of Jim Tennermann, who has been diagnosed with cancer eight times since first discovering he had a brain tumour almost 30 years ago.

Campaign image for World Cancer Day, featuring WCD and UICC logos, a white man and a young Middle Eastern woman with headscarf
4 January 2023

One month to World Cancer Day 2023!

Led by UICC and organised every 4 February, World Cancer Day 2023 marks the second year of the campaign “Close the care gap” to reduce the inequities that exist in accessing quality cancer services worldwide.

Health worker at Aga Khan University Hospital in Kenya studying MRI scans of a cancer patient
3 November 2022

Innovations aimed at closing the cancer care gap in low-income settings

As the cancer community prepares for the second year of World Cancer Day’s Close the care gap campaign, JCO Global Oncology showcases actions and advances in cancer care in low-income settings to improve equity.