World Cancer Day is observed annually on 4 February. It is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to take 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.

History of World Cancer Day

  1. World Cancer Day was born on the 4 February 2000 at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris.
  2. The Paris Charter aims to promote research, prevent cancer, improve patient services, raise awareness and mobilise the global community to make progress against cancer, and includes the adoption of World Cancer Day.
  3. Every year, World Cancer Day is observed on February 4 to raise worldwide awareness, improving education and catalysing personal, collective and government action.
  4. World Cancer Day is to ensure that everyone is working together to reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equitable for all.
  5. The theme of this year’s World Cancer Day is “Close the Care Gap”. The theme is all about raising awareness of the equity gap that affects almost everyone, in high as well as low- and middle-income countries, and is costing lives.