A statement from AACR CEO Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), to recognize World Cancer Day
PHILADELPHIA – “On this World Cancer Day, we are proud to join people across the globe in raising public understanding of cancer and the importance of cancer research to conquering cancer and improving public health.
“The past several decades have seen significant successes in the United States and other countries in preventing and treating a number of types of cancer, but the global burden of cancer remains immense. In 2015, 8.9 million people are estimated to have died from cancer worldwide, almost half of them prematurely from cancers that could have been prevented, and estimates show that this number is likely to rise over the next two decades to 14.6 million per year. Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in Africa, Asia, and South America are disproportionally affected, accounting for 70 percent of the world’s cancer deaths. We must commit to working together internationally if we are to reduce the death and morbidity due to this insidious disease worldwide.
“The AACR is a leader in the global effort to lessen the scourge of cancer by connecting the greatest minds in cancer research through new international collaborations and longstanding partnerships with other cancer organizations. The AACR’s nearly 10,000 international members span 104 countries and territories, and our offices in Shanghai and Toronto are increasingly in a position to bring educational opportunities to more cancer researchers than ever before. It is only by fostering global sharing of ideas and data that we can bring innovative interventions and proven treatments to people around the world.”
Held annually on Feb. 4, World Cancer Day is an international initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) that aims to raise awareness about the global cancer burden, empower individuals with information that will help them take a positive and proactive approach to the fight against cancer, and encourage governments to make cancer research, screening, and treatment national priorities. The AACR is an active member of the UICC, an organization that brings together the world’s major cancer societies, ministries of health, research institutes, and patient groups to accelerate the fight against cancer.