What is World Cancer Day?
A truly global event taking place every year on 4 February, World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.
It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.
Why World Cancer Day is important
- Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years)
- World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to spread the word and raise the profile of cancer in people’s minds and in the world’s media
INTRODUCTION TO UICC
A membership organisation founded in 1933 and based in Geneva, UICC’s growing membership of over 800 organisations across 155 countries features the world’s major cancer societies, ministries of health, research institutes and patient groups. Together with its members, key partners, the World Health Organization, The International Agency for Research on Cancer and others, UICC is tackling the growing cancer crisis on a global scale.
WORLD CANCER DECLARATION
Next year alone, nearly 9 million people are likely to die of cancer*, and left unchecked, the number of deaths will increase to 13 million per year by 2030. UICC is committed to reducing the global cancer burden through delivering the targets of the World Cancer Declaration.
GOVERNANCE UICC is governed by its member organisations, which meet in a General Assembly, held in conjunction with the World Cancer Congress, every two years. Between assemblies, a board of 17 directors, elected by the General Assembly act as the executive body of UICC.
WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP
UICC works closely with key international UN agencies including: the World Health Organization (WHO), with whom we are in official relations, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT), and has consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In addition to this, UICC offers corporate partners a unique opportunity to demonstrate social responsibility on a global scale. UICC – 2014 Introduction to UICC UICC unites 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.
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