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Official World Cancer Day Press Release

World Cancer Day 2016: millions to take action against the world’s most deadly disease

Thursday 4 February 2016 – World Cancer Day: Geneva, Switzerland – Cancer will kill more than eight million people worldwide this year, which is equivalent to the entire population of New York. Half of these will be people of working age (30-69 years old).

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New initiative aims to make breast cancer a global priority
“Breast Cancer Initiative 2.5” launches global website on World Cancer Day

SEATTLE – (Feb. 2, 2016) – World Cancer Day—Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 — is the web launch of a global campaign to reduce disparities in breast cancer outcomes for 2.5 million women by 2025. Called Breast Cancer Initiative 2.5 (BCI2.5), the campaign represents a new commitment to unite the global breast cancer community behind a common goal and make breast health a global priority.

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Cancer death rates fall by almost 10 per cent in 10 years
According to the latest analysis released on World Cancer Day by Cancer Research UK today (Thursday).

This now means that in 2013, 284 out of every 100,000 people in the UK died from cancer - around 162,000 people. A decade ago this was 312 in every 100, 000**.

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80% of liver cancer deaths can be prevented, saving hundreds of thousands of lives each year globally

On World Cancer Day, the World Hepatitis Alliance is calling for the establishment of comprehensive hepatitis strategies to help prevent the 800,000 liver cancer deaths each year.

London, 4 February 2016 Rock-icon David Bowie died recently at the age of 69 after a battle with what is being reported as liver cancer. Each year, globally, more than 800,000 people die from liver cancer, the second biggest cancer killer. Yet, a high majority of these deaths are completely preventable.

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World Cancer Lighthouse Project Launched
A World Cancer Day Launch Project 

Today, The Hope Light Foundation launched the World "Beacons of Hope" project to unite lighthouses throughout the world to work together in the fight  against cancer. 

The Hope Light Foundation is a 50(c)(3) nonprofit public charity dedicated to the fight against cancer.

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Irish Cancer Society calls on public to shape policy change on World Cancer Day

Dublin, 3 February 2016 – Ahead of World Cancer Day on Thursday 4 February, the Irish Cancer Society is calling on the public to support its message “We can shape policy change” by telling their General Election candidates to close the cancer gap.

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AACR Brings Together Greatest Minds in Cancer Research to Lessen the Global Burden of Cancer

A statement from AACR CEO Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), to recognize World Cancer Day

PHILADELPHIA – “On this World Cancer Day, we are proud to join people across the globe in raising public understanding of cancer and the importance of cancer research to conquering cancer and improving public health.

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European cancer groups urged to take action against glyphosate

Brussels, 4 February 2016 – The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is calling on Europe’s most influential cancer societies to urge governments to put an immediate ban on glyphosate, a chemical used as a herbicide.

In a letter sent on World Cancer Day (4 February) from HEAL’s President, Dr Peter van den Hazel, he reminds leading national cancer groups that a ban on glyphosate represents a significant opportunity in cancer prevention.

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On World Cancer Day 2016, UNAIDS calls for greater integration of health services to save women’s lives

GENEVA, 4 February 2016—On World Cancer DayUNAIDS calls for greater investment in the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer and underlines the additional benefits to be achieved for women and adolescent girls from a coordinated response to HIV and cervical cancer.

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