• It is a disease that knows no boundaries and has, or will, affect us all either directly or indirectly during our lifetime.
  • Actions taken by every person, organisation and government will help to reduce the burden of cancer to achieve the goal of a 25% reduction in premature deaths from NCDs by 2025.
  • World Cancer Day represents an opportunity for UICC, its members and the public to join a global movement of targeted, locally relevant and achievable actions which will reduce the burden of cancer.
  • Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, responsible for 8.2 million deaths per year. However we know that more than one third of these deaths are preventable, and if detected early enough, many cancers are curable.
  • Until cancer awareness is improved globally and actions are taken to prevent and treat the disease, millions of people around the world will die unnecessarily every year.
  • We must act now because the global cancer epidemic is huge and set to rise. It is predicted to increase to 19.3 million cases per year in 2025, from 14.1 million in 2012.