The World Cancer Day Initiative

by Chrysa Karakosta, updated on February 04, 2020


The World Cancer Day Initiative

The World Cancer Day was established in 2000 and was an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). This is the largest international cancer organisation committed to taking the lead in bringing together the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden. It promotes greater equity and integrates cancer control into the world health agenda. The World Cancer Day takes place every year on the 4th of February and is an initiative under which the whole world unites to fight the global cancer epidemic. The main aim of this initiative is to save millions of deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer.


Although World Cancer Day has grown into a positive movement to face one of the greatest challenges in our history, there is still much more to be done. 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of World Cancer Day and is the year to ignite action, accelerate the reduction of unnecessary cancer deaths and to achieve equal access to cancer care for all. Moreover, the current year marks the midway point of the 3-year 'I Am and I Will' campaign. This campaign is an empowering call-to-action urging for personal commitment and represents the power of individual action taken now to impact the future.

We, as Newlife IVF Greece, have helped many individuals and couples during this difficult and emotionally stressful period of their lives and have brought to them joy, following their treatments. We fully support the campaign of World Cancer Day by informing all about the need for access to early detection as well as diagnosis. At Newlife, we strongly believe that cancer is not just a health issue but a human issue that touches everyone's life.

Among others, cancer can significantly affect the chances of achieving a pregnancy. Cancer treatment can serve as a cause of infertility but there are solutions that can help preserve one's fertility. It is critical to initiate a conversation with your doctor in order to protect your fertility before or during cancer treatment. We are also here to help and suggest individual realistic options for both men and women.

Fertility preservation, which involves cryopreserving (freezing) and storing sperm or eggs (gametes), ovarian reproductive material or embryos, can provide an effective way to delay parenthood and protect one’s fertility from any negative side effects of medication and other cancer treatments. You can read more about male fertility and female fertility preservation in our respective blog article.

If your or your families’ lives are affected by cancer please do contact us so that we can provide you with insights about how we could preserve your fertility. Here at Newlife IVF Greece we always believe that prevention is the best way of treatment so do not ignore any warning signs or symptoms of the disease and do perform all the recommended screening tests that your doctor suggests.

The following section presents a nice infographic provided by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) under the prism of the World Cancer Day campaign.


Chrysa is the Lab co-Director at Newlife IVF Greece, in Thessaloniki Greece, from the beginning of 2010 and now heads the International Patient Department.
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