World Cancer Day is an international initiative orchestrated by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. Held annually on 4 February, this year’s campaign – using the hashtag #WeCanICan – explores what we can all do to reduce the global burden of cancer.
As World Cancer Research Fund’s (WCRF) mission is to champion the latest and most authoritative research into cancer prevention, World Cancer Day provides an ideal opportunity to highlight what members of the international community involved with our work are doing to help reduce the burden that is cancer.
One of our Academy Fellows, Dr Francis Zotor, is an Associate Professor of Public Health Nutrition in Ghana, and is a recognised leader in nutrition across Africa. He says: “Being a WCRF Academy Fellow enabled me to travel from Ghana to France to receive training in the area of nutrition and cancer: I now advocate for early detection and preventive action of cancer.”
Dr Shiriki Kumanyika is an Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania and Research Professor of Community Health and Prevention at Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. She is also a member of our Policy Advisory Group. She works to advance the evidence for policy to prevent obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases.
In Hong Kong, we have ambassadors including Dr Kris Lok, who is a post-doc at the University of Hong Kong. She works with us to reduce deaths from preventable cancer all over the world, and says that “being a WCRF ambassador has enabled me to share vital cancer prevention messages across Hong Kong”.
On World Cancer Day and throughout the year, we thank all our supporters, researchers and everyone working to help us achieve our mission of a cancer-free world.
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