Thanks in part to the lifesaving work of the American Cancer Society efforts, we’re making tremendous progress against cancer here in the U.S. Unfortunately, the world’s most vulnerable people – those living in low- and middle-income countries – aren't benefiting
from those advances.
On World Cancer Day on February 4, the Society will join with cancer advocates around the globe in an effort to highlight solutions and explore how we can implement proven strategies that will help us prevent cancer, save lives, diminish suffering, and fight back against the worldwide cancer pandemic.
There are several ways you can join this global movement:
• Share the news. The Empire State Building is lighting up on Feb. 3 in honor of World Cancer Day. Be sure to share the American Cancer Society’s photo on Facebook. If you live in the New York/New Jersey metro area, take a photo and share it on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag ##WorldCancerDay.
• Learn more at a World Cancer Day panel. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, I will take part in a World Cancer Day roundtable discussion hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. I’ll be joined by Nobel Prize winner Harold Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute, to discuss actionable strategies for fighting cancer around the globe. Visit www.smartglobalhealth.org/live to watch.
• Tune in to the webcast. On Wednesday from noon to 12:30 p.m. ET, we’re hosting a webcast for all staff that will provide an overview of World Cancer Day, offer details on the PBS documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, and outline the structure of the Twitter chat. Go to www.cancer.org/worldcancerday to watch.
• Join our Twitter chat. During and after the webcast, until 2 p.m. ET, Dr. Otis Brawley and I will be on Twitter to answer questions about the global fight against cancer. We’ll be joined by special guest Barak Goodman, director of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, and Dr. William Nelson from the American Association of Cancer Research. You can participate by using the hashtags #FightWorldCancer and #CancerFilm.
We know we won’t truly finish the fight against cancer until everyone, everywhere is benefiting from the progress we’re making. The good news is, we know how to make progress – we've done it here in the U.S. The solutions are within our reach.
I hope you’ll join us around the globe to raise the profile of cancer and help make this century cancer’s last. Because where you live shouldn't determine if you live.
Ambassador Sally Cowal - Senior Vice-President, Global Health