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 2019 – 4 Feb



World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 Feb.






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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
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Last update: 
Wednesday 31 January 2018
Latest World Cancer Day news
6 February 2018

The world comes together to show its support: A snapshot of World Cancer Day 2018

This past weekend marked the final year of the ‘We can. I can.’ World Cancer Day campaign, a campaign which has sought, since 2016, to empower everyone – individuals, communities and organisations – to take action for themselves, the people they love and the wider world. 

Istanbul University Oncology Institute, Turkey
4 February 2018

Cancer organisations worldwide called to join efforts for greater equity in access to cancer treatment and care

​Launched by the Union for International Cancer Control, the new ‘Treatment for All’ campaign aims to promote greater equity in access to cancer services to reduce the 4.3 million premature deaths due to cancer each year.

4 February 2018

On World Cancer Day, cancer leaders call for equal access to reduce premature cancer deaths by 25%

This World Cancer Day, we are calling for equal access to cancer detection, treatment and care services around the world. Share the message that everyone  - no matter where they were born, where they live, their gender, income or ethnicity -  should have access to the life-saving diagnosis, treatment and care they need. 

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2 February 2018

How much do you know about environmental and occupational risks for cancer?

This World Cancer Day, UICC joins its partner Boehringer Ingelheim to talk about the causal link between asbestos and mesothelioma and the challenges of securing a diagnosis and optimal treatment for rare cancers. UICC takes this opportunity to update its call to action on asbestos and highlights the WHO top 10 chemicals of public health concern.

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31 January 2018

Cancer leaders provide guidance for national action in lead up to World Cancer Day

Panel discussion brings together experts from MSD, PATH, The WHO and UICC.

29 January 2018

One World. One Day. One Aim. World Cancer Day 2018

This coming 4 February, the world will be sharpening its focus on cancer and the world's response to this critical health issue.