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UICC - World Cancer Day

SIOG supports World Cancer Day

Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.  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. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference to the fight against cancer.

The 2017 campaign will be articulated around several key areas of focus including these 2 specific ones:

1. Inspire action, take action
2. Build a quality workforce


What is World Cancer Day?

World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 February and is the single initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global epidemic. World Cancer Day is an initiative of the Union for the International Cancer Control (UICC), through which we aim to help 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.

On February 4, SIOG joins people, organizations, and government agencies around the world in supporting the fight against cancer. Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years).

Research suggests that one-third of cancer deaths can be avoided through prevention, and another third through early detection and treatment. Despite having proven interventions for prevention, early diagnosis, treatment, and care for cancer, these medicines, technologies, and services are not widely available in low- and middle-income countries.

At the United Nations Summit on Communicable Diseases in September 2011, leaders from more than 120 countries declared non-communicable diseases, including cancer, a global priority and committed to taking action to address them.

World Cancer Day is a reminder to us all to take action against the increasing burden of cancer as cancer cases are projected to almost double by 2030.

At SIOG we know the importance of continuing this every day battle with the disease as the population is ageing and as the number of older adults diagnosed with cancer will continue to grow at a steady rate. This is why we strongly encourage our members to sign the World Cancer Declaration and spread the word around them in order to raise awareness and finally come to an end with this disease.

Why is World Cancer Day important?

Put simply, because the global cancer epidemic is huge and is set to rise. Every year, nearly 8 million people die of cancer and 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. Significantly, the number of cancer cases and related deaths worldwide is estimated to double over the next 20-40 years. With the greatest increase in low- and middle-income countries, those least equipped to cope with the social and economic impact of the disease. In close collaboration with the NCD Alliance, UICC played a key role in securing the World Health Organization (WHO) target of a 25% reduction in premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 2025. However, around one third of cancer cases could be prevented and World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to spread the world and raise the profile of cancer in people's minds and in the world's media.

Further information is available on the World Cancer Day website.

SIOG has been a member of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) since 2008. Through its mission, SIOG attempts to achieve two of the Declaration’s targets:
- Target 7 ”Improve access to diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care”
- Target 9 “Improve training opportunities for cancer control professionals”.
For more information on the World Cancer Declaration.

World Cancer Day was initiated in 2005 by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). It is one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. It takes place every year on 4 February.