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What is World Cancer Day?

What is World Cancer Day?

World Cancer Day is led by the UICC, the Union for International Cancer Control. CRUK is one of its thousand members from across 162 countries, and we also sit on the board. World Cancer Day is the one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. No single person, organisation or country is going to beat cancer on its own. We must all work together to make faster progress on our goal of 3 in 4 people surviving cancer by 2034. Key Facts:

  • 9.6 million people die from cancer every year.

  • At least one third of common cancers are preventable.

  • Cancer is the second-leading cause of death worldwide.

  • 70% of cancer deaths occur in low-to-middle income countries.

  • Up to 3.7 million lives could be saved each year by implementing resource appropriate strategies for prevention, early detection and treatment.

  • The total annual economic cost of cancer is estimated at US$1.16 trillion.

Source: Cancer Research UK, World Cancer Day By making simple changes everyone can take steps to beat cancer, over on the World Cancer Day website there are toolkits that can assist in making these changes -

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