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World Cancer Day – 4 Feb

This year’s World Cancer Day’s theme, ‘I Am and I Will’, is all about you and your commitment to act. #IAmAndIWill #WorldCancerDay

On the 20th anniversary of World Cancer Day (4 February 2020), CANSA and Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), challenges individuals to make a personal commitment to lower the impact of cancer for themselves, the people they love and the world.

Every year 9.6 million people die from cancer globally. In 2018, an estimated 107 467 new cases of cancer in South Africa occurred. *Non-communicable diseases, including cancer, are one of the World Health Organization’s ‘ten threats to global health’.

There are risk reducing measures for at least one third of common cancers. This means that up to 3.7 million lives globally could be saved each year through sharing of knowledge.

Each person is connected to others in a unique way with a sphere of influence. So use your voices in your communities to raise awareness of cancer, improve knowledge of cancer and lowering risk by improving lifestyle and going for screening. Cancer affects us all and we have the power to make change for a cancer-free world.

* International Agency for Research on Cancer. South Africa Fact Sheet. 2018; Available from:

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International Survey Highlights Cancer Perceptions

To mark the 20th anniversary of World Cancer Day, the UICC commissioned a global survey to form an up-to-date picture of the public’s experiences, views and behaviours around cancer.

Conducted by Ipsos (independent market research company), the survey includes more than 15,000 adults across 20 countries (including South Africa) in the first multi-country public survey on cancer perceptions in a decade.

The results, detailed in UICC’s report released 4 February 2020, International Public Opinion Survey on Cancer 2020: What people feel, think and believe about cancer today, indicates a clear divide between higher and lower socioeconomic groups when it comes to knowledge and awareness of cancer risks and as a result, the practice of behaviours to limit such risk.

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You Can Make a Difference

Together we can reach the target of reducing the number of premature deaths from cancer and non-communicable diseases by one third, by 2030.

Join us on 4 February and speak out and stand up for a cancer-free world.

About World Cancer Day

Created in 2000, World Cancer Day, every 4 February, is the global uniting initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

CANSA joins the UICC and like minded organisations across the globe and locally in raising awareness of cancer and related key issues with stakeholders from government to grassroots community level, improving personal education around cancer and activating personal, collective and government action.