For the very first time, 11 organizations, including the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), have joined forces to mark September 24th as World Cancer Research Day. The global campaign aims to raise public awareness of the importance of cancer research and the extraordinary contributions of cancer researchers worldwide.
Global collaboration for cancer research
The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) together with the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC), the International Agency on Research on Cancer (IARC), European Association for Cancer Research (EACR), European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO), National Cancer Institute, part of the United States National Institutes of Health (NCI/NIH), Cancer Research UK (CRUK), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), The Dutch Cancer Society (KWF-DCS), and Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC) are together launching WCRD: a global joint effort to promote research and work towards the common goal of improving survival rates and the quality of life of cancer patients.
The cancer burden
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), cancer will be the leading cause of death worldwide in the coming years. Fast forward to 2030 and the agency estimates that there will be 21.6 million new cases of cancer each year and 13 million deaths from the disease worldwide. That translates to one person diagnosed with cancer every 1.5 seconds and one person dying almost every 2 seconds. As life expectancy grows, cancer is becoming an increasingly serious health problem and we must take action to reduce the burden of this disease.
Cancer research breakthroughs
In the upcoming years, major breakthroughs in cancer diagnosis and treatment, and foremost in patient quality of life are expected. Current cancer survival rates near 50%, but it is still necessary to improve this rate. Supporting cancer research will help to reach this goal.
A dynamic, global campaign
This coming Sunday, WCRD supporters will spread the campaign motto: “For the future of cancer research, don’t stand still. We won’t...Make your move.” The goal is to highlight the extraordinary impact of cancer research. As a society, we must continue to support and encourage our researchers who are dedicated to improving and changing the lives of cancer patients all over the world.
For further information on the WCRD global campaign and the World Declaration for Cancer Research, go to www.worldcancerresearchday.com