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Promoting cancer in global health and development agendas.
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In 2012, an estimated 14.1 million people were newly diagnosed with cancer. It is expected that by 2030, this number will rise to 21.6 million. This alarming trend can be reversed with strong action at global and national level. 

Investing in cancer control, from prevention to treatment and care, can bring about important changes in disease burden by reducing cancer-related illness and death. It is estimated that increased annual international funding of USD 18 billion globally on prevention, earlier detection and improved care for cancer patients could save three million lives per year by 2030 - and many more in the decades beyond.  

What is cancer control advocacy?

Advocacy for cancer control is a strategic process that is designed to influence governments, decision makers and other key stakeholders through the effective use of evidence, to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.

Advocacy at UICC

UICC unites the cancer community through our members and partners to reduce the global cancer burden and drive forward the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) agenda - building upon key international agreements, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global Action Plan on NCDs 2013-2020, the World Cancer Declaration and the 2017 Cancer Resolution -  to ensure that these global goals and targets are translated into national action.

In addition to all countries developing and implementing an appropriately resourced and time-bound national cancer plan, we wish to see measurable improvements in the way that cancers are detected, treated and cured around the world. 

With global cancer burden trends on the rise, advocacy at UICC is shifting its immediate attention to Treatment for All, a campaign emphasising improved data, early detection, treatment and care to meet our global commitment of a 25% reduction in cancer and NCD mortality by 2025.

The importance of the advocacy work

"We are proud to call ourselves one of the first partners of UICC. UICC called on our expertise in the area of cancer prevention for the global advocacy campaign. Together, UICC and its members have successfully placed cancer on the global stage, putting the cancer community in position for even greater success in the years to come.”

Dr Kate Allen, Director, Science and Communications

"Accurate and timely diagnosis is the first enemy of cancer, as it clips its potential from the outset and halts it from invading and conquering the whole body. Unfortunately, many cancer patients, especially in the developing world, do not have this safety net, and are completely exposed to cancer’s advances without any checks. We need a robust cancer resolution that encourages fast improvements in early detection and diagnosis through a clear and urgent health system response."

HRH Princess Dina Mired
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Let us call for national action from global commitments made through the 2017 . Add your voice: www.uicc.org/CancerResolution

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World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016

The 1000-strong UICC membership have worked collectively to create the World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016, providing a unique civil society perspective on national successes and major challenges that remain to realise the Declaration targets, with perspectives from 113 countries.

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Advocacy Toolkit

The 2nd edition of the UICC Advocacy Toolkit ‘Galvanizing Efforts To Achieve The World Cancer Declaration Targets’.

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20 October 2017
  • Advocacy
  • Networks

Statement from civil society on appointment of President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa - statement

More than 20 NCD CSOs at the WHO Global Conference on NCDs in Montevideo express concerns on the appointment of President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa.

WHO Global Conference on NCDs
6 October 2017
  • Advocacy
  • Networks

Driving global progress on NCDs: Spotlight on policy coherence in Montevideo

From the 18-20 October 2017, governments will meet in Montevideo, Uruguay to discuss how to develop a whole-of-government response to the cancer and non-communicable diseases global burden.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
1 October 2017
  • Advocacy
  • Members
  • Partners

Breast cancer awareness month 2018

Taking place annually throughout the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to raise awareness about the disease and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

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24 September 2017
  • Advocacy
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A new platform for coordinated action on nutrition and cancer

A joint statement from organisations with international commitment and responsibility in relation to cancer, nutrition, or both, addressing the lack of synergy across nutrition and cancer and inviting those interested in joining their community.

UICC News - WHO Report on the global tobacco epidemic 2015
15 September 2017
  • Advocacy
  • Networks

95 health groups request Phillip Morris International to stop selling cigarrettes

On 14 September, 95 organizations from around the globe published an open letter to Philip Morris International (PMI) demanding that they immediately cease the production, marketing and sale of cigarettes. The move was prompted by a similar recommendation from the Danish Institute for Human Rights, which had been hired by PMI to perform a human rights evaluation.

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15 September 2017
  • Advocacy
  • Networks

Our Views, Our Voices workshop in Geneva, Switzerland 30-31 Oct.

In Geneva, Switzerland, on October 30-31, NCD Alliance will host an Our Views, Our Voices workshop, bringing together 40 people living with NCDs from across the world to discuss the results of the online and community consultations. These discussions will shape the Advocacy Agenda of people living with NCDs.