Team Up for Cancer Research

World Cancer Research Day is a global effort to raise awareness about the importance of cancer research to reduce the burden of cancer.

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is proud to join cancer researchers and organizations around the world on September 24, 2020, for World Cancer Research Day. Cancer research saves lives.

In the United States, research-driven progress against the collection of devastating diseases we call cancer has led to a 29 percent decrease in the overall cancer death rate since 1991. As a result, today more than 16.9 million people are living with, through, and beyond a cancer diagnosis in this country. World Cancer Research Day is a global effort that seeks to raise awareness about the importance of cancer research to increase survival, facilitate access to scientific advances from around the world, and reduce the global burden of cancer.

And this year, amid the global COVID-19 pandemic which has created special challenges for cancer patients, survivors, and their families, the AACR and many of our 47,000 members worldwide are utilizing their expertise to understand and develop coronavirus treatments.

On World Cancer Research Day, AACR President Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD, FAACR, will participate in a special virtual panel on cancer research that will include a discussion of collaborations and international initiatives as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the field. Sign up here to view the panel, which begins at 11 am ET on September 24, 2020.

World Cancer Research Day is a global initiative being coordinated by 10 organizations: American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (AECC), Associazione Italiana per la Recerca sul Cancro (AIRC), Cancer Research UK (CRUK), European Association for Cancer Research (EACR), European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), National Institutes of Health (NIH)—National Cancer Institute (NCI), and Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).