Did you know that 10 million people die each year from cancer worldwide? That’s more than HIV/AIDs, malaria and tuberculosis combined. By 2030, experts project cancer deaths to rise to 13 million.
World Cancer Day takes place every 4 February and was created to promote research, prevent cancer, improve patient services, raise awareness and mobilise the global community to make progress against cancer.
This year’s World Cancer Day Theme is “Close the Care Gap.” This theme is all about understanding and recognising the inequities in cancer care around the globe. This is the year to question the status quo and help reduce stigma; to listen to the perspectives of the people living with cancer and their communities and let those lived experiences guide our thoughts and actions.
This World Cancer Day, we encourage you to get involved any way you can. Because together, we can create change. Here are some ways to get involved:
Show your family, friends, and networks that you’re getting behind World Cancer Day. You can update your social media pages with official World Cancer Day cover images, create your own custom social media post with your own personal message, or simply join the conversation using the #WorldCancerDay hashtag.
(Psst! We’d love to see your messages on social media too! Be sure to use the #CLCRF hashtag or tag our Facebook page.)
Spread the word
Write a blog story, record a video message, feature World Cancer Day on your website, an article in your newsletter, or reach out to a local journalist.
Use your voice
Start a conversation about cancer with your family, friends, colleagues, and networks. If you need help talking about the subject, the Union for International Cancer Control have put together a handy guide on how to talk about cancer.
Inform yourself and others
Find out more about cancer, how you can reduce your cancer risks, and the impact it has on people we love, our communities and the world.
Explore the key issues.
You can take action and show your support by making a donation towards childhood cancer research. By donating to CLCRF, you can help us in our commitment to ensure a future where children can live cancer-free.
Whoever you are – a cancer survivor, a co-worker, a carer, a friend, a leader, healthcare worker, teacher or student – you have the power to take action for a cancer free world.