The world is facing a cancer crisis. An estimated 14 million people are diagnosed with cancer and eight million die of the disease each year. Cancer threatens lives, livelihoods, and the economies of countries large and small. The cancer burden is expected to grow significantly over the next two decades, and it will impact the developing world particularly hard.
The good news is that we have never been in a better position to address this crisis. We know that reducing tobacco use and increasing access to prevention, early detection, and treatment will help save lives. We are working with partners across the globe to share these best practices and provide guidance on proven strategies that will make an impact.
Cancer knows no boundaries, and that is why the need for action and collaboration is so great – and why the Global Relay For Life® program holds so much promise. As the Global Relay For Life movement spreads throughout the world, it’s empowering patients, survivors, and caregivers. It’s giving grassroots volunteers a powerful voice that is helping to raise awareness, reduce stigma, fund lifesaving programs and research, and advocate for policies that can help save lives more from cancer.
Together, we can finish the fight against cancer — not just in the United States, but throughout the world. After all, where you live should not determine if you live.