About World Cancer Day
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is a member of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the organizer of World Cancer Day. This annual initiative presents an opportunity for individuals and organizations to raise awareness and dispel misconceptions about cancer, while encouraging governments to make cancer research, screening, and treatment national priorities. World Cancer Day takes place every year on Feb. 4.
How You Can Help
- Call on Congress to make cancer research a top national priority.
Federal funding for cancer research is in steady decline, threatening the future health of Americans. Contact your representatives to tell them why you support robust investment in the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health.
- Spread the word about World Cancer Day and the need for cancer research.
The AACR will be posting information about World Cancer Day on its social media channels, which you can share with your own networks.
See the UICC’s World Cancer Day Social Media Guide for more tips and resources.
You can also spread the word offline. Print and distribute the following resources (Adobe Acrobat Reader required):
- Donate to the AACR Foundation for the Prevention and Cure of Cancer.
The AACR Foundation for the Prevention and Cure of Cancer accelerates progress in the conquest of cancer by providing financial support for scientific research, education, and communication. The foundation funds programs deemed by the AACR to be of the highest priority and impact.
- Volunteer on behalf of the AACR.
You can find a list of upcoming events here.
- See the list of World Cancer Day events for more ways to get involved.
- Sign the World Cancer Declaration.
The World Cancer Declaration calls upon government leaders and health policymakers to significantly reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity, and integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda. The World Cancer Declaration is developed and maintained by the UICC, of which the AACR is a member.
- See our World Cancer Day announcement about a new AACR China office.
- Read stories about how cancer research is helping patients.
- Cancer Today, a publication of the AACR, is the authoritative resource for cancer patients, survivors, and their family members and friends.
- The AACR Cancer Progress Report 2013 provides an in-depth look at where we are and where we're going in cancer research.
- The Cancer Policy Monitor covers the federal policies that influence cancer research.
- This video highlights the accomplishments and possibilities of cancer research: