Today is World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day Campaign Material by Union for International
This banner is original World Cancer Day Campaign Material by Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

Every year on February 4, doctors, patients, family, friends, and scientists pay respect to World Cancer Day, a global event that unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. World Cancer Day was established by the Paris Charter on February 2, 2000 and is an opportunity to spread the word and raise awareness of cancer in people’s mind in the world’s media. Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, according to the American Cancer Society. World Cancer Research Fund International states that “The five most common cancers worldwide are lung, breast, bowel, prostate & stomach”.

World Cancer Day is using the hashtags #World Cancer Day and #WeCanICan to collectively inspire action, execute global research, create healthy environments, shape policy change, and educate and mobilise the global community against cancer. For this event to truly be global and effective, everyone needs to participate. You can get involved in the fight against cancer by sharing your support and message amongst your social network and community. If you are interested in other ways to participate, has a list of alternative activities and actions..

“I believe that we need a moon shot in this country to cure cancer. It’s personal. But I know we can do this … because there are so many breakthroughs just on the horizon in science and medicine, the things that are just about to happen. And we can make them real with an absolute national commitment to end cancer as we know it today.” — Vice President Joe Biden

By Jimena Talamantes, Communications Intern
February 4, 2016

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