World Cancer Day 2021
On 4 February we celebrate World Cancer Day 2021 – a day that unites people, communities and entire countries to raise awareness and take action. Show your support for life-saving research by wearing your Unity Band®, or making a donation.
How can I get involved this World Cancer Day?
Dr Francesco Forconi in Southampton is part of an international team of blood cancer experts who are aiming to improve the early diagnosis and treatment of one of the most common forms of leukaemia - Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) - with the hope of improving outcomes for patients. In 2020, Dr Forconi was awarded an Accelerator award of over £2m from Cancer Research UK to increase our understanding of which patients with a common pre-condition of CLL will actually go on to develop the disease and require treatment.
Our policy work
Achieving policy change in low and middle-income countries on issues like tobacco tax is tough and rarely achieved by outside organisations alone. So in Nepal, Cancer Research UK is funding think tank Kivu International to work with local partner, the Nepal Development Research Institute (NDRI), to lobby for stronger tobacco control measures. Sangita Shakya, Programme Manager at NDRI explains: "Achieving policy change in Nepal isn't easy, especially on tobacco tax, but this programme is enabling NDRI to become a leading voice tackling tobacco use in Nepal."
Jenny, a long-time supporter of Cancer Research UK, was a member of Putney Fundraising Group before relocating to France. Undeterred by age, or distance, Jenny has previously held her own fundraising bridge event, organised a Race For Life event in France, and even travelled to the UK to take part in Race For Life Battersea. On any normal year, Jenny would hold a bridge event in her garden and raise £2,500 - 3,000. COVID-19 stood in the way of doing this event in the traditional way, but, undeterred, Jenny contacted Cancer Research UK to see how she could do her event online, leading eventually to a virtual bridge event for 98 people and over £3,000 raised.
Mum-of-two Anita was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019. “My first experience with breast cancer was losing my mother in 2007, before she could meet her grandchildren. I noticed a small lump and because of my family history I was given a quick referral. To me, World Cancer Day is a chance to think about how far things have come towards the goal of ultimately beating cancer and for all people affected around the world to feel connected.”
World Cancer Day is led by the UICC, the Union for International Cancer Control. Cancer Research UK is one of its thousand members from across 172 countries, and we also sit on the board. World Cancer Day is one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fights against the global cancer epidemic.
Cancer is a global challenge. In 2018, 18 million people world-wide were diagnosed with cancer. Today, thanks to research, 2 in 4 people in the UK survive their cancer for 10 years or more. The prospects of major advances in tackling cancer have never been greater, and international collaboration and funding are essential in realising these opportunities. By doing this Cancer Research UK can transform the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, benefitting people with the disease both here in the UK and around the world.
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