World Cancer Day

Today, on World Cancer Day, millions are urged to adopt a healthier lifestyle to help combat the world’s most deadly disease. In less than two decades, cancer will be responsible for the deaths of up to 24 million people per year.

‘We can. I can.’ make a difference: just as everyone can play a crucial role in maintaining their own health and wellbeing - by being active, limiting alcohol consumption, avoiding tobacco, and moderating red and processed meat consumption - everyone can also contribute to the success of World Cancer Day: every post, share or tweet adds to the noise and raises the profile of cancer in people’s minds, in the world’s media and on the global health and development agenda. For more information visit:


Notes to Editors

About World Cancer Day 2017
World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 February and is the single initiative under which the world can unite to raise the profile of cancer in a positive and inspiring way.

Coordinated by UICC, World Cancer Day is this year taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’ and explores 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, everyone has the power to take action to reduce the impact that cancer has. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action.

About The Cyprus Anticancer Society
The Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society (established in 1971) is a Non-Profit Organisation that cares for people with cancer providing them with complete Palliative Care Services in line with international standards. Our aim is to support the patients’ families and caregivers, but also inform the wider public about cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and relief.

Media contact:
Irene Loucaides
Head of Communication & PR
The Cyprus Anticancer Society

About the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
UICC is the largest international cancer-fighting organisation, with over 1,000 member organisations across 160 countries representing the world's major cancer societies, ministries of health, research institutes, treatment centres and patient groups. The organisation is dedicated to taking the lead in convening, capacity building and advocacy initiatives that unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity, and integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda. 

UICC and its multisectoral partners are committed to encouraging governments to look towards the implementation and scale-up of quality and sustainable programmes that address the global burden of cancer and other NCDs. UICC is also a founding member of the NCD Alliance, a global civil society network that now represents almost 2,000 organisations in 170 countries.

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* For organisations who are interested in more information about treatment and care, please visit for access to updates and initiatives in this area, including the now open consultation on the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines (EML) process and recent Lancet Oncology commission reports that make the investment case for radiotherapy and cancer surgery.