World Cancer Day 2017

Cancer Research Wales is proud to be one of the many fantastic organisations that work together to limit the burden of cancer on people and their families across Wales. This year to mark World Cancer Day, Saturday 4th February, we feature a press release written by Jodie Bond, Communications Manager at The Wales Cancer Research Centre and Wales Cancer Partnership, in which she highlights the challenges we face, and the united efforts that are being undertaken to beat cancer. 

Jodie Bond

Millions to take action against the world’s most deadly disease

Cancer will kill more than eight million people worldwide this year, which is equivalent to more than twice the population of Wales. Half of these will be people of working age (30-69 years old).

It has been estimated that the cost implications on world economies caused by cancer and the other non-communicable diseases could be as high as $30 trillion if no action is taken to reduce the anticipated growth in cases over the next two decades.

Today on World Cancer Day 2017 (Saturday 4 February), the world unites against this disease that knows no borders and represents one of humanity’s most pressing and financial concerns.

Under the campaign theme ‘We can. I can.’ World Cancer Day represents a unique opportunity to draw attention to what can be done to address cancer, save millions of avoidable deaths and, in turn, support global economic growth and development.

‘We can’: Today, the Wales Cancer Partnership urges corporations to focus their business on products and services that improve cancer survival. In line with the Cancer Delivery Plan, the Partnership is working with Welsh Government on their commitment to improving the following priorities in Wales:

  • Prevention
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Access to Treatment
  • Support through and beyond treatment

‘I can’: With more than a third of all cancers (up to 4.5 million per year) preventable through lifestyle interventions, the Partnership also calls on individuals to take responsibility for reducing their own cancer risk. Simple measures such as stopping smoking, eating less red and processed meat, exercising regularly and reducing alcohol use can extend a healthy life, and must be seen as the first-line of defence against cancer and other associated non-communicable diseases.

To celebrate World Cancer Day, three members of the Partnership are leading an event at Cardiff University. On the 9th of February, the public are invited to go behind the scenes and visit a cutting-edge laboratory. The event, How do we develop new cancer drugs?, will explore how new cancer drugs are developed and will offer a chance for people to hear from leading researchers and get hands on with the research. The event is being run by Cancer Research UK, Cardiff University’s European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute and the Wales Cancer Research Centre. More information can be found at

World Cancer Day 2017 is a chance to reflect on what we can all do improve cancer survival,” said Professor John Chester of the Wales Cancer Partnership. “Today is an opportunity to take action for yourself, for your organisation and for Wales. The Partnership brings together twenty organisations fighting to beat this devastating disease. We hope that by working together we can improve outcomes for patients across Wales,”

Visit for more information on how the day is being marked around the globe.