Cancer is a disease that affects millions of families, and the numbers are growing. The American Cancer Society projected that 1.65 million new cancer cases would be diagnosed in the United States in 2015. It's estimated that by 2025, 19.3 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed annually, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Those numbers alone emphasize the importance of early detection and good health, and events like a fundraiser or national cancer day can raise awareness among the public. One such event is World Cancer Day, started by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in 2008 with the intent to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer. Each year on World Cancer Day (occurring this year on February 4), citizens worldwide join together to increase global awareness of the disease. It's a call to action to reduce cancer deaths by 25 percent by 2025, says the UICC.
The UICC is a membership organization that was founded in 1933. Based in Geneva, it includes over 800 organizations across 155 countries, who work as a coalition to address the crisis of cancer on a global level. Some members of the UICC include the world's major cancer societies, ministries of health, research institutes and patient groups who then link together with individual members, key partners, the World Health Organization and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.