World Cancer Day: Theme, History and Significance


New York: World Cancer Day is observed every year across the globe on 4 February to raise awareness about the deadly disease and its symptoms. The day also tries to inspire prompt action and life-saving treatment and care for all individuals suffering from the disease. This international awareness day is led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

Apart from raising awareness, this special day is also about working together to prevent cancer deaths and provide all possible treatment for patients.

The Union of International Cancer Control (UICC) has declared World Cancer Day to be a “global uniting initiative.”

The theme of World Cancer Day 2022 is ‘Close the Care Gap’. It is all about understanding and recognising the inequities in cancer care around the globe. The theme revolves around identifying and recognising global disparities in cancer care, that prevents people from certain economic strata full access to essential healthcare services and facilities. Inequity in cancer care costs lives.

The day came into existence on February 4, 2000, during the World Cancer Conference for the New Millennium in Paris, France. Every year since then, people across the world observe World Cancer Day with a different theme to improve the quality of lives of cancer patients and to continue spread awareness on cancer, its prevention and treatment.

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