World Cancer Day 2021: I Am And I Will! Together, all of our actions matter.
World Cancer Day, every 4 February is the global uniting initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). By raising worldwide awareness, improving education and catalysing personal, collective and government action, we’re working together to reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equal for all – no matter who you are or where you live. Because, we believe that cancer isn’t just a health issue but a human issue that touches all of us.
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.
- Cancer is a critical health and human issue.
- Today, 9.6 million people each year will die from cancer. Making it the second-most deadly disease.
- 70%of cancer deaths occur in low-to-middle income countries.
- The total annual economic cost of cancer is estimated at approximately US$1.16 trillion.
- At least one third of common cancers are preventable.
- Less than 30%of low-income countries have cancer treatment services available (compared to 90% in high-income countries).
- Up to 3.7 million lives could be saved each year through resource appropriate strategies for prevention, early detection and timely and quality treatment.
Campaign theme:I Am and I Will
2021 – the ultimate year of the ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign – shows us that our actions have an impact on everyone around us, within our neighbourhood, communities and cities. And that more than ever, our actions are also being felt across borders and oceans. This year is a reminder of the enduring power of cooperation and collective action. When we choose to come together, we can achieve what we all wish for: a healthier, brighter world without cancer.
- Global strategy to accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem
- October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening Program Implementation Guideline 2077
- World Health Assembly adopts global strategy to accelerate cervical cancer elimination
More info: Official website