Thanks to research, scientific breakthroughs, and cancer prevention strategies we know more about cancer than ever before. Cancer is the second leading cause of death behind heart disease. However, more than one-third of all cancer cases are preventable, and another third can be treated successfully if detected early. For this reason, more work must be done in educating people about yearly screenings and ways to prevent cancer to help save more lives.

What is World Cancer Day? 

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) organizes World Cancer Day on February 4 each year. Together, we can help prevent millions of cancer deaths and have a world where everyone has equal access to life-saving treatments – regardless of who you are or where you live.  



What is this year’s World Cancer Day Theme? 

This year’s World Cancer Day theme is “Close the Care Gap.” This World Cancer Day is pushing for all people to get the treatment and care they deserve—regardless of race, gender, age, social status, disability or where you live in the world. 

There are many ways you can take part in spreading the word about “Closing the Care Gap.”  



How can I help spread awareness for World Cancer Day this year? 

On the World Cancer Day website, they have listed different events that allow you to take part in this year’s initiative like, 

  • Use your voice to talk with friends and family about cancer treatment equity. 

  • Donate to World Cancer Day. 

  • Join the Word Cancer Day 5k challenge, where you can run, walk, swim, bike, or anything that gets you to moving so help spread awareness. 

  • Create your own World Cancer Day event and inspire others to participate.  

  • Look for an event in your area by going to the World Cancer Day map.  


To learn more about world cancer day and where to find events to participate in, go to 




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