4
February
#WorldCancerDay
#WeCanICan

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

About World Cancer Day 

What is World Cancer Day? 
When is World Cancer Day?
When and how was World Cancer Day established? 
Is World Cancer Day a registered charity? 
What is/are the official colour(s) of World Cancer Day? 
What is the theme for this year? 

Getting involved 

Who can get involved? 
How can I get involved? 
How can I volunteer with World Cancer Day? 
Do you offer a certificate of participation or recognition?
How can I help with translating World Cancer Day materials? 
 

Using our materials 

May I use the materials available on the website? 
If I use the World Cancer Day materials, do I need to mention your website or logo?
Can I add the logo of my organisation to the materials, for example on the poster?
Do you have materials in my language? 
I’m having trouble with the custom poster / social media tool. Am I doing something wrong? 
Do you have a press release? 

Fundraising

I want to donate, but don’t have a credit card or PayPal account. Is there another way? 
I am looking for financial help / funding. Can you help? 
Where can I buy the Unity Band? 

Map of Impact

How do I add my activity to the Map of Impact? 
How long does it take for my activity to show on the Map of Impact? 
I submitted my activity to the Map of Impact but I need to make a change/correction, how can I do that? 

Thunderclap

What is Thunderclap and how does it work? 
What does Thunderclap do with my account? 

Social media

What is the social media activity for 2018? 
How can I get on the Wall of Support? / Why am I not on the Wall of Support? 

Questions about cancer

What is the origin of cancer?
Do you have any general information about cancer?

General 

Am I really talking to a real person through the Live chat function? 

 


What is World Cancer Day?

A key international awareness day on the global health calendar, World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 February to unite the world in the fight against cancer, under the one banner. The Day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year through education, raising awareness and by pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action. 

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When is World Cancer Day?

World Cancer Day happens every year on 4 February.
In 2018, World Cancer Day will take place on a Sunday. 

Find out more about the origin of World Cancer Day here.

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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.

Read the Charter below: 

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Is World Cancer Day a registered charity?

World Cancer Day is coordinated by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) who in turn is a registered charity in Geneva, Switzerland. 

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What is/are the official colour(s) of World Cancer Day? 

The official colours of World Cancer Day are blue and orange – the same colours you see on the World Cancer Day logo.

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What is the theme for this year?

The 2016-2018 World Cancer Day theme is: ‘We can. I can.’.  The theme explores how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part and take concrete actions to reduce the global burden of cancer. We encourage you to reflect on, use, communicate and promote the ‘We can. I can’ theme whenever you can.  

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Getting involved

Who can get involved?

Anyone and everyone.

From all walks of life, all ages and from all around the word. We’re counting on everyone’s support: individuals, organisations, corporates, schools, cities, governments, hospitals and communities – especially you - because every action counts. 

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How can I get involved? 

In whatever way that you can spread the message of World Cancer Day to your family, friends, colleagues, community, media and governments will help us reach the objective of getting as many people as possible to talk, hear, read and learn about cancer.

The Campaign toolkit is a good starting point for ideas and examples of how to mark World Cancer Day. You might also find some inspiration from what others are doing by browsing the Map of Impact.

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How can I volunteer with World Cancer Day?

We are always looking for supporters. One of the best ways to support World Cancer Day is getting involved with your own activity - refer to the Campaign toolkit to find out how. Another way is to support an existing activity. You may want to check our Map of Impact for activities happening in your local area and to find out how you can get involved. 

If you don’t see any activities near you, we recommend you get in direct contact with your local cancer organisation. Take a look at the UICC member organisations list here. 

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Do you offer a certificate of participation or recognition?

Not at the present time. However, that doesn’t mean we aren’t grateful for your support! 

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How can I help with translating World Cancer Day materials?

We’re always trying to make World Cancer Day as accessible as possible for everyone. If you are unable to find the World Cancer Day materials in your language and would like to work together on the translation, we’d love to hear from you. Send us an email at info@worldcancerday.org.

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Using our materials

May I use the materials available on the website? 

Of course, 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.

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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.

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

You are more than welcome to add your logo and organisation’s details to the World Cancer Day materials; however, we do ask that you keep the World Cancer Day logo and website address without making any changes to the way it currently appears.

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Do you have materials in my language? 

All World Cancer Day materials are available in English, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.

Selected World Cancer Day materials are also available in other languages. Use the language drop down box to see whether there are materials available in your language, here

If you still are unable to find materials in your language, we are always looking for support in translating the materials. Drop us a line at info@worldcancerday.org to volunteer your support.

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I’m having trouble with the custom poster / social media tool. Am I doing something wrong?

You’re probably not doing anything wrong. But these tips might help you troubleshoot the problem:

  • If you are uploading an image, make sure your image is a PNG, GIF, JPG or JPEG file.
  • One of the most frequent reasons why the image doesn’t upload is the image size: check that your file isn’t more than 300MB.
  • When you upload your image and the screen turns white, it most likely means your image is too small. We suggest trying with a higher resolution image.
  • If you are adding text to the poster, and the screen turns white, it may be because you have included a special character, like * or @. Sometimes, the tool doesn’t like these characters. Try excluding these characters from your text.

Custom tool still not working? Contact us at info@worldcancerday.org and we’ll see how we can help.

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Do you have a press release?

Every year, we publish a press release for anyone to use to help spread the word. The global World Cancer Day press release will be available publicly on the website before World Cancer Day, and will be available to UICC member organisations under embargo in January. 

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Fundraising

I want to donate, but don’t have a credit card or PayPal account. Is there another way?

Thanks for considering donating to World Cancer Day. If you can’t or would rather not donate online, you can choose to make a donation via bank transfer or by mailing through a cheque. If you would like to find out how, please email the team at info@worldcancerday.org for further details. 

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I am seeking financial help / funding. Can you help?

Unfortunately, we are not in a position to respond to any questions regarding treatment nor able to assist patients medically and/or financially. We also regret that we won’t be able to provide any funding or sponsorship of activities or events that you are considering for World Cancer Day. 

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Where can I buy the Unity Band?

The Unity Band is an initiative from UICC member Cancer Research UK. You can find out more and purchase the bands here

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Map of Impact

How do I add my activity to the Map of Impact?

If you are organising an activity or event – however big or small – in support of World Cancer Day, we invite you to share this with the world on the Map of Impact.

Simply:

  1. Click on “Map of Impact” in the navigation bar 
  2. In the top right hand corner, click on the “Add your activity” button
  3. Fill out the online form and submit your activity details
  4. Your activity will be then reviewed by our team and posted on the map within 24-48 hours

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How long does it take for my activity to show on the Map of Impact?

Typically, your activity will show within 24 – 48 hours. Towards World Cancer Day, you can imagine we receive many submissions, so it may take a little bit longer for your activity to show up. Check back in a day or two. If you still can’t see your activity, feel free to email us at info@worldcancerday.org

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I submitted my activity to the Map of Impact but I need to make a change/correction, how can I do that?

No worries. Simply email us at info@worldcancerday.org to edit your activity details. To help things along, ensure to include your organisation’s name and the title of your activity as well as the changes you would like made. 

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Thunderclap

What is Thunderclap and how does it work?

Thunderclap is a way to get the World Cancer Day message across Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr at the same time and on the same day – helping us to reach more people and give us a bigger voice on social media. Anyone and any organisation with a Facebook, Twitter and/or Tumblr account can sign up until the 4 February, 10am CET. 

When you sign up to Thunderclap with a social media account to support the campaign, you’re allowing Thunderclap to share one single message on your behalf. Thunderclap will not post any further messages to your account.

In the past few years, organisations such as Livestrong, MAKNA Malaysia, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, and Screen Cancer UK and many more have joined the campaign, as well as hundreds of individuals.  

Join the campaign here

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What does Thunderclap do with my account?

When you sign into Thunderclap with a social media account to support a campaign, you’re allowing Thunderclap to share a single message on your behalf using this account. This is only the case when you click the button on the campaign page to support with Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr. After the campaign is complete, we won’t post any additional messages.

Read Thunderclap's privacy policy.  

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Social media

What is the social media activity for 2018? 

This World Cancer Day, we’re asking you to hold up your sign to make change happen.

The ‘Signs for Change’ activity is a way to show the world what actions you’re taking, what you want policy makers to start doing, and ask what more can be done, now.

Read all about it in the Signs for Change one pager, and get involved! 

 

How can I get on the Wall of Support? / Why am I not on the Wall of Support?

The World Cancer Day Wall of Support features all the photos taking part in the Support through Sport social media activity. To make sure you get yourself featured on the Wall of Support, don’t forget to include both official World Cancer Day hashtags: #WorldCancerDay and #WeCanICan in your post. 

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Questions about cancer

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.

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I want to find out more about cancer. Do you have information and statistics?

There are many resources available on cancer available on this website and on other websites.

The World Cancer Day factsheets and infographic have a lot of information that might be useful. You can find the materials here.  

For more general resources and information, check out the following links and resources featured on this page as well as the information available on the “Cancer Today” website.

You might also find the following information regarding cancer useful:

If you are looking for specific information on cancer statistics in your own country, we encourage you to contact your national cancer society. Feel free to consult the list of UICC member organisations to contact them directly. 

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General

Am I really talking to a real person through the Live chat function?

Yes, you are. In fact, you’re talking with a member of the World Cancer Day team.

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We salute UICC. MSD is proud to support World Cancer Day, which unites us all toward progress in the fight against cancer. By working together, we can make a difference.

Frank Clyburn, President - MSD Oncology