Success raising awareness on World Cancer Day

Employers, occupational safety and health professionals and many individuals showed their support for World Cancer Day on 4 February by raising awareness of occupational cancer through IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign.

The day, organised by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), was themed ‘I Am and I Will’. It was all about people and their commitments to act, showing how individuals can each make a real impact.

IOSH encouraged everyone to get involved by visiting the No Time to Lose campaign’s World Cancer Day webpage, where they could download and distribute free resources to help businesses manage dangerous carcinogens such as asbestos, silica dust, diesel engine exhaust emissions and solar radiation; share on social media; and more.

The campaign achieved excellent results including reaching an audience of more than 377,000 via a range of social media channels. The No Time to Lose campaign website had 2,140 page views, 844 visits, and 611 resources were downloaded.

Pictured below are a selection of posts by organisations and individuals to help raise awareness on World Cancer Day.


Two new organisations – Absolute Safety & Environmental Services and PMS Safety Solutions Ltd signed-up as official campaign supporters, and UICC published details about No Time to Lose on its map of activities.

IOSH Chief Executive Bev Messinger, said:

“We are delighted to see the outstanding engagement we’ve had to help raise awareness of occupational cancer and our No Time to Lose campaign on World Cancer Day, and I’d like to thank everyone who got involved.

“One person dies on average every 43 seconds from a work-related cancer – a staggering 742,000 deaths a year. I encourage everyone to download our free campaign resources which explain how deadly carcinogens can be managed to help prevent cancer caused by work.

“There really is ‘No Time to Lose’ and by working together, we can beat occupational cancer.”

To find out how you can get involved in No Time to Lose, visit our webpage.

Watch this film to see how World Cancer Day supporters marked the day.

The UICC awarded a certificate to IOSH for its efforts to help raise awareness of occupational cancer through its No Time to Lose campaign on World Cancer Day.