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Cancer Research UK has joined in World Cancer Day with some exciting new initiatives

February 2020

Two arms wearing Unity cancer bands
Bands are being sold to help raise awareness

This month has seen the celebration of World Cancer Day. The event was aimed at uniting people, communities and entire countries across the world to raise awareness and take action against cancer. It is organised by the Union for International Cancer Control, the UICC.

This organisation is based in Geneva and its main objective is to reduce global cancer through a number of activities and objectives. It works closely with key international agencies including the World Health Organisation and the International Agency for Research on Cancer and has a number of key aims. These include some interesting areas:

  • To achieve universal vaccination programmes for hepatitis B (HBV) and human papillomavirus (HPV) to prevent liver and cervical cancer
  • Dramatic reductions in the emigration of health workers with specialist cancer training
  • Universal availability of effective pain medication
  • Dispelling myths and misconceptions about cancer

One of its goals is to move towards a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equal for all, no matter who you are or where you live.

The organisation started World Cancer Day twenty years ago in 2020 and it has now grown into a positive movement where hundreds of activities and events take place around the world.

Cancer Research UK joined in with World Cancer Day, and part of its activities have been promoting Revolut, a digital banking service that makes donating to Cancer Research UK easier than ever.

Revolut was launched in 2015 to help reinvent the way people donate to good causes. Rovolut donations allows people to make a one off donation or set up weekly or monthly payments to their chosen cause. Users of Revolut can also opt to round up any card payments to the nearest pound and donate the difference; tiny amounts but in large numbers it really can add up to seriously worthwhile funding for a charity.

Cancer Research UK has also been selling Unity Bands to help raise funds in association with World Cancer Day and ongoing activities include support from Ticketmaster staff who have all bought Cancer Research UK Unity Bands. Throughout this month retailers M&Co and The Works are also selling Unity Bands in their stores.

“This World Cancer Day, I’m delighted to see more partners than ever supporting the global fight against cancer,” said Morag Stocks, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Cancer Research UK.

“Our partnership with Revolut shows how charitable giving is becoming more innovative and how, with the support of our corporate partners, we’ll be able to raise more money for life-saving research.”

But Cancer Research UK’s involvement with World Cancer Day is just the start. Throughout the year there are numerous activites and events all geared to help the fight against this ubiquitous disease.

You can find out more about all the events at:

You can find out more about donating via Revolut by asking:

You can buy Unity Bands at:

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