World Cancer Day 2021

Taking place on 04 February, World Cancer Day takes a positive, proactive approach to the fight against cancer, and brings together countries across the globe to mark the day with events and activities.

Created in 2000, World Cancer Day has grown into a positive movement for everyone, everywhere to unite under one voice to face one of our greatest challenges in history.

The day is organised by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the largest and oldest international cancer organisation dedicated to taking the lead in convening, capacity building and advocacy initiatives that unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden.

This is the ultimate year of the ‘I Am And I Will’ campaign, which is all about your story and your commitment. The campaign highlights that our actions have an impact on everyone around us and when we choose to come together, we can achieve what we all wish for: a healthier, brighter world without cancer.

We’re supporting World Cancer Day and are encouraging everyone to help us raise awareness of occupational cancer and our No Time to Lose campaign.

Cancer caused by work claims at least 742,000 lives a year worldwide – that’s one death every 43 seconds. However, these deaths are all avoidable. Our No Time to Lose campaign provides free practical resources to help businesses manage dangerous carcinogens including asbestos, silica dust, solar radiation and diesel fumes in the workplace.

We’re also reminding businesses not to lose sight of carcinogens while concentrating on risks associated with Covid-19. Find out why it’s vital to manage cancer-causing agents by watching our webinar – ‘Managing the risks of workplace carcinogens: what your organisation needs to do now.

Get involved in World Cancer Day in the following ways, there’s no time to lose!

Watch IOSH Vice-President Neil Catton’s story on how his father, George Catton, passed away from occupational cancer caused by exposure to asbestos and solar radiation when he worked as a builder.