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Last year, World Cancer Day achieved more than 14,000 press mentions in 145 countries across print, online and broadcast.



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Past World Cancer Day Press releases

Press release from World Cancer Day 2018

On World Cancer Day, cancer leaders call for equal access to reduce premature cancer deaths by 25% 

Saturday 3 February 2018 – World Cancer Day: On Sunday 4 February, World Cancer Day raises awareness of the millions of people world-wide facing unequal access to cancer detection, treatment, and care services. With cancer leaders, health professionals and supporters across the world pushing for urgent action to reduce the rate of premature cancer deaths globally, the day calls for diagnostic and treatment access to be prioritised.   

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Press release from World Cancer Day 2017

World Cancer Day: highlighting physical activity in the global fight against cancer

Worldwide cases of cancer predicted to reach 21.7 million by 2030

Saturday 4 February 2017 – World Cancer Day: Geneva, Switzerland - Today, on World Cancer Day, millions are urged to get active to help combat one of the world’s most deadly diseases. Under the banner ‘We can. I can.’ the day will encourage people to be more active - in every sense - in the fight against a disease that, in less than two decades, will directly affect up to 21.7 million1 people per year.

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Press release from World Cancer Day 2016

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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