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Today is #WorldCancerDay

​2020 marks the midway point of the 3-year ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign, representing the power of individual action taken now to impact the future.

On Tuesday, February 4, the American Cancer Society will join the global cancer community to celebrate World Cancer Day to raise awareness about cancer and encourage continued support, action, and funding for cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the event.

As part of its World Cancer Day promotions, UICC will livestream cancer events around the globe on Feb. 4 on its World Cancer Day Facebook page. Included in the livestream was an interview with Lorraina Aldridge, ACS regional director, Hope Lodge Operations, following the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the American Cancer Society Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Hope Lodge in Jacksonville. 

Cancer is responsible for 1 in 6 deaths worldwide – more than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. And, it has a disproportionate impact on low- and middle-income countries. In 2016, 70% of cancer-related deaths were in these areas. The continued prevalence of and increase in smoking, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and fewer childbirths in economically transitioning countries are expected to cause an increase the future burden of cancer. 

On World Cancer Day and every day, the American Cancer Society is committed to leading the fight for a world without cancer. We are focused on sharing what we know with partners around the globe to transform cancer from deadly to treatable and from treatable to preventable.  

Our Global Cancer Control team works in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and India. The team focuses on:

  • Prevention and detection  
  • Treatment  
  • Patient support  
  • Capacity building 
  • Pain relief

To learn more about the global cancer burden, check out Global Cancer Facts & Figures and the Cancer Atlas, Third Edition. For more about ACS’s global cancer control programs, visit or check out this new video that describes our global work.

And to show your support for the global fight against cancer, join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #WorldCancerDay.

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