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LTB 027/24 - World Cancer Day 2024 – 4 February 2024

No. 027/2024

18 January 2024

Our Ref:  P5/24 

To:  All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

World Cancer Day 2024 – 4 February 2024

What is World Cancer Day 2024?

World Cancer Day, observed annually on February 4th, is a global initiative aimed at raising awareness about cancer, promoting early detection, prevention, and treatment, and advocating for improved access to healthcare services for cancer patients. It provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and governments worldwide to unite in the fight against cancer.

When is World Cancer Day 2024?

World Cancer Day in 2024 falls on February 4th, as it does every year. This date serves as a reminder of the ongoing efforts to combat cancer and reduce its impact on individuals and communities around the world.

How to Get Involved in World Cancer Day 2024

Getting involved in World Cancer Day can be a meaningful way to contribute to the global fight against cancer. Here are some ways you can participate:

  • Wear a Unity Band:Many organizations sell unity bands, which are simple bracelets, pins, or ribbons that symbolize support for those affected by cancer. Wearing a unity band is a visible way to show your solidarity.

  • Share Information:Use communication channels to share facts about cancer, prevention tips, and stories of hope and survival. Raising awareness is a powerful way to combat misconceptions about the disease.

  • Participate in Events:Many cancer organisations, charities and healthcare institutions host events and activities on World Cancer Day. These may include seminars, workshops, fundraising events, and more. Check local organisations’ listings to find events in your area to attend.

  • Support Cancer Research:Consider making a donation to cancer research and charity organisations or hospitals specialising in cancer treatment. Research is crucial for developing new treatments and improving outcomes for cancer patients.

  • Advocate for Change:Support and promote policies to improve cancer care, access to treatment, and prevention efforts.

History of World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day was established by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in 2000. Since then, it has been observed annually on 4th February. The UICC, along with various governments, health organizations, and cancer survivors, collaborates to make World Cancer Day a global success.

The primary goals of World Cancer Day are to raise awareness about cancer, dispel myths and misconceptions, encourage early detection, and advocate for improved cancer care. It also serves as a platform for honoring the courage and resilience of cancer patients and survivors worldwide.

Hashtags for World Cancer Day 2024

If you’re participating in World Cancer Day activities or sharing information on social media, consider using these hashtags to join the global conversation:

By participating in World Cancer Day, you can contribute to the global effort to reduce the burden of cancer, support those affected by the disease, and work towards a world where cancer is better understood, prevented, and treated.

Attachments and Downloadable Cancer Booklets and Factsheets:

Attached find a factsheet and a booklet published by Cancer Research UK:

  • Spot Cancer Early

  • Spot Cancer Early Easy Read Booklet

Additionally, Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support UK both provide an extensive range of good information booklets at:

The Irish Cancer Society also provide an excellent range of information booklets at:

The ‘easy read’ booklets provide detailed information on the different cancer types, diagnosis, treatments, side-effects, after care, work and cancer, fatigue, physical activity, general information and support services, e.g., Bladder cancer, Bowel cancer, Anal cancer, Brain cancer, Breast cancer, Cervical cancer, Head and neck cancers, Kidney cancer, Leukaemia, Liver Cancer, Leukaemia, Lung cancer, Mesothelioma, Lymphoma, Multiple myeloma, Oesophageal cancer, Ovarian cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Prostate cancer, Stomach cancer, Skin cancer, Melanoma, Testicular cancer, Thyroid cancer, Uterine (womb) cancer etc., and more.

World Cancer Day Website:

The official World Cancer Day Website with lots of information and resources is at:

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

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