World Cancer Day

Saturday, February 04, 2023

12:00 AM

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A Leading International Awareness Day

World Cancer Day held every 4 February is the global uniting initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). By raising worldwide awareness, improving education and catalysing personal, collective and government action, we are all 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 - no matter who you are or where you live. 

Created in 2000, World Cancer Day has grown into a positive movement for everyone, everywhere to unite under one voice to face one of our greatest challenges in history.

Each year, hundreds of activities and events take place around the world, gathering communities, organisations and individuals in schools, businesses, hospitals, marketplaces, parks, community halls, places of worship - in the streets and online - acting as a powerful reminder that we all have a role to play in reducing the global impact of cancer.

While we live in a time of awe-inspiring advancements in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, many of us who seek cancer care hit barriers at every turn. Income, education, geographical location and discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability and lifestyle are just a few of the factors that can negatively affect care. 

So this year's World Cancer Day's theme, “Close the Care Gap”, is all about celebrating progress in its many forms that enable more people to seek and receive the care they need and deserve. It is about providing the momentum to fuel our fight for fairness. We will build build stronger alliances and innovative new collaborations; we will mobilise friends, family, coworkers and communities because we know that united, we are stronger.

Join us on 4 February and help close the cancer care gap for a cancer-free world.

Our time to act is now.

World Cancer Day 2022-2024 theme: Close the Care Gap

This World Cancer Day, we recognise the power of working together.

We know that every single one of us has the ability to make a difference, large or small, and that together we can make real progress in reducing the global impact of cancer.

This 4 February, we call on you, whoever and wherever you are, to play your part in creating a cancer-free world. 

This World Cancer Day, what will you learn about the gap in cancer care?

Walther Global Palliative Care & Supportive Oncology

IU School of Medicine & IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

540 Barnhill Drive
CL 370 H INTM
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: +1-(317) 278-4006