World Cancer Day takes place every year on February 04, and this year is the 22nd time. The International Union Against Cancer (UICC - Union internationale contre le cancer) has chosen the motto "Close the Care Gap!" for this year. This marks the start of a new three-year campaign.
These gaps in care arise from the vast inequalities in cancer care around the globe. The focus of World Cancer Day 2022 is to highlight these inequalities so that people can recognize, understand and do something about them. The UICC identifies these issues as causes of the care gap that need to be addressed and improved for more equitable cancer care:
Closing the care gap: It would be a big step forward in the fight against cancer, if all people had the same chance to receive cancer treatment.
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People who seek cancer care hit barriers at every turn.
Income, education, location and discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability and lifestyle are just a few of the factors that can negatively affect care.
The gap affects everyone, including you and your loved ones.
These barriers are not set in stone. They can be changed.
Even if cancer seems remote and unlikely for many of us, it has long been a widespread disease. The UICC states that about 10 million people die from cancer each year, that at least one third of common cancers are preventable, and that cancer is the second-leading cause of death worldwide. The most common cancers include lung, colon and skin cancer, as well as breast and prostate cancer.
Once again this year, many campaign events are taking place around the world to raise awareness of World Cancer Day. These can be found on the official English-language website for the day via a map where people can also enter their own events: www.worldcancerday.org.
Those who do not want to travel far (or due to the Corona pandemic: cannot travel) can also participate online using the two hashtags #WorldCancerDay and #CloseTheCareGap.