Did you know that 4th Feb was World Cancer Day, an annual global event, designed to raise people’s awareness of cancer?

Here’s what former CSF President, Penny Parkinson, has to say about the history of World Cancer Day.

It began on the 4th February 2000, the date that the World Summit against Cancer for the New Millenium, adopted the Paris Charter. This Charter promotes research to cure. as well as prevent the disease, aims to improve services to patients and mobilises the global community against cancer.

Article 10 of the Charter designated 4th February as World Cancer Day to ensure that the Charter of Paris would remain in the hearts and minds of people around the world.

With a slogan of “We Can.  I can.”, World Cancer Day encourages us all, both collectively and individually, to play our part. Here in CSF, our Associations use their fundraising activities to raise awareness of cancer and participate with others in campaigns promoting screening.  As individuals, we can also play a part, however small, to support these initiatives.

Do go and have a look at the World Cancer Day website: –  www.worldcancerday.org – it is truly inspiring to see how many people are taking part, from businesses; cancer organisations; cities; governments; healthcare professionals and schools, as well as many individuals. There is a live Twitter feed showing people tweeting from all over the world about what they are doing to get involved on the day, each year. As a cancer sufferer, carer or volunteer, the day shows you that you are not alone.

World Cancer Day is is the global uniting initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). Cancer Support France is a Global Network Member of (UICC), who put this annual event together.

The theme for World Cancer Day 2022-2024 is ‘Close the Care Gap’. Read more about this and what is happening on the day at: –


On the UICC website, you can listen to their: –

  • regular podcastes (complete with transcript)
  • read up on news and announcements
  • read blog articles submitted to the site
  • find out about cancer in the news
  • discover upcoming events
  • look at published reports

Although this is a past event, you can keep up-to-date with future events at:https://www.uicc.org/


Penny Parkinson – April 2023

(Modified by M York – July 2023)