World Cancer Day, organized by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and celebrated each year on February 4th, is an opportunity to rally the international community to end the injustice of preventable cancer. On World Cancer Day, WHO acknowledges the countless lives touched by cancer and is working toward a future of healthy lives for all.
With recent adoption of the 2030 United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development, a bold yet achievable target of ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages has been set. To reach the target of reducing premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases including cancer by one-third by 2030, governments, NGOs, and all cancer advocates must be mobilized to collective action.
The theme of World Cancer Day 2017 is “We can, I can”, which highlights the need for multi-sectoral participation. The World Health Organization (WHO) has helped lead engagement of partner UN entities, by recognizing that collaboration can produce a stronger response against cancer, which claims the lives of millions around the world each year.
Improving access to lifesaving cancer treatment and palliative care is also fundamental to achieving World Cancer Day Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Remember the Health Power motto: Knowledge + Action = Power!