Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


May I use the logo, materials or link to the video from your website? Are they free to use?

Yes, our materials are all provided free to download and use. In fact, we encourage it. The only thing we ask is that you link to our website and/or give us credit.

In copyright terms, the material is licensed under the following conditions:

Creative Commons License
World Cancer Day Campaign Material by Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

  • Attribution. You must give the original author credit.
  • Share Alike. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under a license identical to this one.
  • For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work.
  • Any of these conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.

Can I add the logo of my organisation to the materials, for example on the poster?

Yes, you may add the logo of your organisation on any of the materials.

I don't find the posters/materials in my language. What are the options? Can I send you a translation?

We encourage anyone willing to translate the material. So please send us what you do and we will add it to the materials section. Whenever possible, we will try to produce a designed version of the translation.

If I use the World Cancer Day materials, do I need to mention your website or logo?

Yes, we would appreciate if you would link to our website and acknowledge us as the creators of the material (please refer to the 1st question here above for more information).



What is the origin of cancer?

Cancer begins when cells in a part of the body start to grow out of control. There are many kinds of cancer, but they all start because of out-of-control growth of abnormal cells.

For more information about the origin and the early history of cancer, please read this article by the American Cancer Society.

Do you have any general information about cancer?

Please find below different sources of information regarding cancer:

What is cancer? (American Cancer Society)

Cancer facts and figures (World Cancer Research Fund International)



When and how was World Cancer Day established?

World Cancer Day was established by the Paris Charter adopted at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millenium in Paris on 4 February 2000. This Charter aimed at the promotion of the research for curing as well as preventing the disease, upgrading the provided services to the patients, the sensitisation of the common opinion and the mobilisation of the global community against cancer.

In its article 10, the Charter established that 4 February would therefore be World Cancer Day, so that the Charter of Paris would remain in the hearts and minds of people around the world.

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