World Cancer Day is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and is a truly global event taking place every year on 4 February, World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.
Union for International Cancer Control Press Release:
On World Cancer Day, cancer leaders call for equal access to reduce premature cancer deaths by 25%
- World Cancer Day 2018 highlights the global equity gap in accessing early detection, treatment and care services
- UICC calls for more equal access to reduce premature cancer and non-communicable disease deaths by 25% by 2025 in line with WHO targets
- Consolidated country-by-country statistics on cancer incidences and mortalities, national cancer control plans and registries and access to radiotherapy based on latest GLOBOCAN and WHO data
Read the full press release here.
Videos Messages of Support for World Cancer Day 2018
Regional Cancer Society Activities in Celebration of World Cancer Day 2018 – We Can, I Can
- Join with local Anglican diocese mothers union group in service and providing healthy snacks to shut in cancer patients and homeless individuals. Hoping to target 50 persons on Sunday Feb 4
- Social media promotions and participation in the Thunderclap campaign
- Participation in PAHO World Cancer Day Webinar on Feb 6th
- Collaborate with BFLA to provide 25 women with full wellness package gift certificate will be given away week of Feb 5th – 9th by popular personalities/DJs on local media shows targeted to young persons
- Media show appearances in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to promote WCD
- CO Capacity Building workshop
- There will be a WCD display at our public hospital that was made by one of CICS high school volunteers
- There will be a bell installed at CICS Chemo Unit. Patients will be able to ring the bell at the end of their treatment 8 times. In our history, seamen rang the bell 8 times to signify the end of their watch for the night, hopefully patients can also end their watch for cancer.
- The staff at CICS will be creating a short video to honor and shout out all of their past, present and any future cancer patients and persons affected by cancer.
- Various companies will “Light up Lavender” around the Island by displaying purple lights either under their company sign or around the building/landscape
- A video created by three of CICS patients who joined CICS in WCD support (also featured in local media here)
The Dominica Cancer Society
- On World Cancer Day, group attendance at worship and submission of a statement to be read in as many churches as possible
- Week of Feb 04 to 11 – a series of radio discussions on different radio stations aimed at sensitisation/advocacy
- A possible cancer care fund-raising and awareness event during that period
- Newspaper Ad this weekend on World Cancer Day
- A banner with the theme ‘We Can, I Can at a Conspicuous location
- During this month and throughout the year featuring different cancers, there will be talks with community groups, TV appearances by members who are survivors and our ongoing activities of financial and counselling support
See the full poster here.
PAHO Webinar – 6 February 2018
Reduce the burden of cervical and breast cancer is a challenge in the Region of the Americas that requires the joint participation of health systems and civil society. The purpose of this seminar will be to disseminate knowledge and information on the prevention and control of women’s cancers and relevant advocacy initiatives in the region.
The webinar will take place Tuesday, 6 February 2018 at 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 pm, EST (Check here the time in your zone).
Add you voice to the Thunderclap campaign and help spread the message around the world.
Download all of the World Cancer Day advocacy materials here.
Prevent20 has prepared some materials to assist you on World Cancer Day. You can download, adapt and use a draft press release, dowload the Prevent20 Social Media images, follow Prevent20 at @wecanprevent20.
Grenada Cancer Society – Cancer Awareness Seminar
The Grenada Cancer Society (GCS) held a one-day seminar for members at the Coyaba Beach Resort on the 27th January 2018 from 8.30am to 1.00 pm. The seminar was designed to heighten cancer awareness and encourage participation in the activities of the GCS.
Topics covered included, Understanding Cancer – basic concepts, cervical cancer, Breast cancer, Prostate cancer and psycho-social issues in cancer care. Group work was focused on education, fund-raising and medical assistance for patients and families. Resource persons were drawn from the GCS, the General Hospital and St. George’s University School of Medicine.