World Cancer Day

The World Cancer Day 2016-2018 theme, ‘We Can. I Can.’ explores how everyone - together or individually - can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, everyone has the power to take action to reduce the impact of the disease on individuals, families and communities.

The World Cancer Day infographic includes statistics, trends and facts about cancer, download it here.

What can you do?

Signs for change
Join the World Cancer Day social media campaign by choosing a sign featuring one of the ‘We Can. I Can’ key messages, post a photo of yourself holding a Sign for Change Selfie Card and share on social media platforms using the hashtags #WorldCancerDay and #WeCanICan.

Cities Toolkit
World Cancer Day is an opportunity to demonstrate how your city is leading the way in reducing the cancer burden. For information on how your city can get involved in World Cancer Day, see the Cities Toolkit.

Healthy Lifestyle : What's your risk?

Did you know that lifestyle choices can make a big difference to your risk of cancer? World experts estimate that more than half of all cancers could be prevented through a combination of healthy lifestyle and regular screening. Visit Cancer Australia’s Check your cancer risk tool to assess your individual lifestyle choices including weight and diet, physical activity, alcohol consumption, smoking and sun exposure. Once you have assessed your cancer risk, find out how you can make healthy changes to your lifestyle at our Lifestyle & risk reduction webpage.

Help us spread the message on Twitter
Use Twitter to be part of the conversation leading up to, and on World Cancer Day using the hashtags #WorldCancerDay and #WeCanICan, or visit Cancer Australia’s Twitter page.

Join the Thunderclap campaign
A Thunderclap campaign has been created for World Cancer Day 2018. Thunderclap is a tool that facilitates the mass dissemination of a message via Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr by simultaneously posting to the accounts of those who support the campaign. This is a great way to give the campaign visibility and increase the chances of ‘trending’ on social media platforms.

For the Thunderclap to go live, the support of a minimum of 250 individuals for the message to be broadcast. Sign up to Thunderclap on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr and join the WCD 2018 Campaign.

‘We Can. I Can.’ make a difference in the fight against cancer.

Click below to view the "We Can. I Can." factsheets.

We Can. I Can.

World Cancer Day, held each year on 4 February, is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), a leading international non-governmental organisation that unites the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden.

A truly global event, World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.

More information on World Cancer Day