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World Cancer Day is an inclusive platform for voices from all corners of the world, including the remotest areas.

Sutapa Biswas
Executive Director, Cancer Foundation of India

My parents’ experience facing cancer is what inspires my work at MSD – pursuing breakthrough science to not only prolong lives, but protect them, too. That’s why we’re urgently tackling obstacles that can help close the care gap – from working to increase screening rates and ensuring our trials are diverse and equitable, to breaking down barriers that stand in the way of treatments reaching those who need them most.

Dr. Marjorie Green
senior vice president and head of oncology, global clinical development, MSD Research Laboratories

World Cancer Day is a powerful opportunity to speak out, to call for action, to listen to cancer patients and their families, and to give them a voice.

Ana Fernández-Marcos
Director of Advocacy, Institutional Affairs & Strategic Alliances Spanish Association Against Cancer and Executive Board Member, Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL)

The American Cancer Society’s vision is a world without the pain and suffering of cancer. World Cancer Day helps bring home the message to all Americans and everyone around the world that where you live shouldn’t determine if you live.

Ambassador Sally G. Cowal
Senior Vice President, Global Cancer Control, American Cancer Society, Inc.

On World Cancer Day and beyond, it’s essential that we focus on cancer and help close the care gap. At Novartis, we are committed to bringing more medicines to more people, no matter where they are, and will continue to support the efforts of UICC and everyone working to ensure that where someone lives does not determine the outcome of a cancer diagnosis.

Marie-France Tschudin
President, Innovative Medicines International & Chief Commercial Officer, Novartis 

World Cancer Day reminds us of the global emergency that is cancer and how each of us play our part in controlling the disease.

Ebele Mbanugo, Ed.D
Founder/Executive Director, Run For a Cure Africa

All the hundreds of activities organised on World Cancer Day happen in almost every corner of the globe. World Cancer Day has become the most amplified and impactful global platform for all cancer patients and advocates - a platform where we can all make noise, lots of noise, reminding all that we can win the war on cancer.

HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan

World Cancer Day is an excellent platform that has given us the opportunity to raise greater awareness about the cause and further galvanise the community to come together in the collective fight against cancer.

Albert Ching
CEO, Singapore Cancer Society

As a proud supporter of World Cancer Day, we believe that together with partners from across sectors and geographies, we can make a difference and close the care gap. It is only when we listen to local communities and understand their challenges that we can develop tailored solutions to tackle access barriers one step at a time.

Michael Oberreiter
Head of Global Access, Roche

World Cancer Day has provided us with the opportunity to engage with many actors globally, reinforcing the power of a united cancer community working towards a world without cancer.

Dr. Maira Caleffi
Volunteer President, FEMAMA

My connection to fighting cancer is personal as it is for so many others. MSD is at the forefront of cancer research, with inventions that are helping to transform the prevention and treatment of disease. Beyond research, we are committed to global and local partnerships to help close the care gap. I believe collaboration is essential to create a world where cancer screening, treatment and care are accessible and equitable for all.

Sophie Opdyke
SVP Global Oncology Marketing, MSD

We believe that through the power of collaboration it’s possible to address and eventually overcome barriers to access in healthcare around the globe . We are proud to join with the UICC in support of World Cancer Day and are grateful for the dedication of all our global partners as together we work toward offering each person with cancer a better, healthier life.

Estelle D. Vester-Blokland
MD, Senior Vice President, Global Medical Affairs, BMS

As a sponsor for World Cancer Day, we believe that your health matters, no matter your age. As a part of our When Cancer Grows Old™ initiative, Sanofi is collaborating with the global cancer community, including advocates and healthcare providers around the world, to give people with cancer the best possible chance to grow older.

Vanina Laurent-Ledru
Vice President of Global Public Affairs, Sanofi Specialty Care, SANOFI

While science continues to explore the potential for cures, every cancer journey is full of challenges from many angles and World Cancer Day is an opportunity to amplify the important work being done globally to help close the care gap in cancer. We are committed to working with partners like UICC to confront health inequities in cancer and help patients and their families access critical supportive resources.

Jean-Charles Soria
Senior Vice President Global Development Oncology, Amgen

For Boehringer  Ingelheim, cancer care is personal, today and for generations. Our aspiration is to transform the lives of people living with cancer, which we firmly believe requires collaboration. This is why we proudly support the UICC’s World Cancer Day initiative catalysing action to reduce the global impact of cancer.

Francesco Di Marco, Ph.D.
Corporate Senior Vice President, Global Therapy Area Head, Oncology, Boehringer Ingelheim
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