Why World Cancer Day matters

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Cancer is one of the world's leading killers

Put simply, cancer is one of the world’s leading killers. This year alone, nearly 9.6 million people will die of cancer, and left unchecked, the number of deaths will increase to 13.2 million per year by 2030.  

Many of these deaths can be avoided with increased governmental support and funding for prevention, detection and treatment programmes. Unless urgent action is taken to raise awareness about cancer and develop practical strategies to address the disease, millions of people will continue to die.

Sadly, the greatest increase in cancer is projected to hit low- and middle-income countries, those least equipped to cope with the social and economic impact of the disease.

There is an urgent need for action to raise awareness of the disease and to develop practical strategies to reduce the burden of cancer. World Cancer Day is the perfect opportunity to spread the word and create a global awareness of the disease in international media and global health and development programmes. 

“At Merck, we are proud to partner with the UICC to recognize World Cancer Day. Each year, our colleagues around the world unite to participate in awareness and education activities, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to the oncology community and to advancing cancer care for patients worldwide. This year, we are encouraging people to tell their personal stories of how they are helping to transform cancer care for people today and tomorrow.”

James Campbell
Last update: 
Tuesday 9 April 2019