Global Cancer Awareness Events

Global Cancer Awareness Events

ONS takes part in events that call attention to cancer-related health disparities across the world. No matter where you live, work, and serve, you can join us as an advocate for better global health. Here's what you can do. 

Celebrate World Cancer Day on February 4

"World Cancer Day is a reminder to us all to take action against the increasing burden of cancer. Cancer cases are projected to almost double to 21.4 million by 2030, with nearly two-thirds of these occurring in low- and middle-income countries. Importantly, this number could be significantly reduced through cost effective prevention, early detection and treatment strategies." - Andreas Ullrich, MD, MPH, Medical Officer, Cancer Control Department, Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion, WHO Headquarters 

World Cancer Day unites everyone in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. As an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), it aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease.

Its ultimate aim to help cut premature deaths from cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025.

The campaign demolishes four myths.

  • We don’t need to talk about cancer.
  • There are no signs or symptoms of cancer.
  • There is nothing I can do about cancer.
  • I don’t have the right to cancer care.

How You Can Celebrate

  • "Like" the World Cancer Day page and the Stand Up to Cancer page on Facebook.
  • Your chapter or institution can host a screening of LIFE Before Death, an intimate, hopeful and life-affirming story of living well and dying better, advocating for making the most of every moment in our life before death.
  • You can sign the World Cancer Declaration as an ONS member.