World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day is the day to explore how everyone as a collective or as individuals can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

Updated: June 17, 2020


World Cancer Day is the day to explore how everyone as a collective or as individuals can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do. You have the power to reduce the impact of cancer for yourself, the people you love and for the world. It is time to make a personal commitment. Make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do will make a difference to the fight against cancer. It is a global event that is celebrated every year on 4th of February. It unites the world's population to fight against cancer.


Significance of World Cancer Day:

The uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells anywhere in a body is known as cancer.

World Cancer Day aims to save millions of preventable deaths out of cancer each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action. Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.

Celebration of World Cancer Day:

Many organizations and people around the world unite to raise awareness about cancer and work to make it a global health priority on this day. Communities around the world will hold festivals, walks, seminars, public information campaigns and other events to raise awareness and educate people on how to fight cancer. This can be done through screening and early detection, through healthy eating and lifestyle, doing physical activity, by quitting smoking, and by urging public officials to make cancer issues a priority.

The Union for International Cancer Control or UICC is a membership based, non-governmental organization that exists to help the global health community accelerate the fight against cancer. They unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.

UICC continues to expand on the success and impact of the day. It is committed to ensure that every year the event is seen and heard by more people around the world. This is done through working directly with their members to develop a campaign that serves their differing organizational priorities. This is achieved through a two-pronged strategic approach that include:

  • UICC (Union for International Cancer Control)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, UICC work to secure and support digital, traditional and social media opportunities to raise public awareness of the day.

This year, the Union for International Cancer Control is launching a new 3-year campaign with the theme: 'I Am and I Will.'  It calls for a personal commitment to help reduce the global burden of cancer.

You can help yourself by:

  • Making healthy lifestyle choices that include avoid using tobacco products, doing physical activity regularly, eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol, and staying safe in the sun.
  • Knowing about signs and symptoms of cancer and early detection guidelines. Because finding cancer early often makes it easier to treat.
  • Sharing stories about your own cancer experiences, communicate with decision-makers, and join support groups to help make positive change for all people affected by cancer.
  • Involve in work and other daily activities during and after cancer treatment as opportunities to maintain normality, routine, stability, social contact, and income.


You can help others by:

  • Support cancer patients and survivors with the physical and emotional impacts of cancer even after treatment ends.
  • Educate themselves and others about the link between certain lifestyle behaviors including smoking, poor diet, and lack of physical activity and cancer risk.
  • Chase away rumors and myths that lead to stigma and discrimination against people with cancer in some communities.
  • Encourage schools and workplaces to implement nutrition, physical activity, and no smoking policies that help people adopt healthy habits for life.
  • Call on government leaders to commit adequate resources to reduce cancer deaths and provide a better quality of life for patients and survivors.


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