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  • World Cancer Day
    All day
    2020-02-04

    What happens when we act?

    More than one third of cancer cases can be prevented. Another third can be cured if detected early and treated properly.

    By implementing resource-appropriate strategies on prevention, early detection and treatment, we can save up to 3.7 million lives every year.

    Progress

    Today, we know more about cancer than ever before.

    Through investing in research and innovation, we have witnessed extraordinary breakthroughs in medicine, diagnostics, and scientific knowledge.

    The more we know, the more progress we can make in reducing risk factors, increasing prevention and improving cancer diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and care.

    Impact

    In recent years, the United Nations, the World Health Organization and other UN agencies have recognised the urgent need for a global commitment.

    When leaders speak up and take action we give ourselves a chance to make history and to move towards a world without cancer.

    Equity

    Today, more than half (65%) of cancer deaths are happening in the least developed parts of the world. Even if you live in a higher income country, inequities still exist among lower-income, indigenous, immigrant, refugee and rural communities.

    Equal access to cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care can save lives.

    Change

    Through raising the public and political literacy and understanding around cancer, we reduce fear, increase understanding, dispel myths and misconceptions, and change behaviours and attitudes. 

     

     

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