Monday 4 February is international World Cancer Day. A day to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.

Why it matters

The theme for this year’s World Cancer Day is “I am and I will”. We believe the time to act is now and with your support, we’ll be able to carry out even more world-class research, provide even more life-changing support and campaign even more effectively for better services and care. 

In the UK, one thousand people have lost their lives to breast cancer this year alone. Every day around 150 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer. These are not just statistics to us. These numbers represent real women and men. That’s why our research focuses entirely on breast cancer.

We support nearly 380 scientists working in 23 cities across the UK and Ireland. This means we pay their salaries and for many we also provide their lab equipment and facilities. Thanks to this research and the invaluable work of our researchers, working on over 85 cutting-edge projects, more people are surviving breast cancer than ever before.

On 1 April, Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now are uniting so that everyone affected by breast cancer can get the very best care and support today, and hope for the future that research will discover better ways to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer.

This World Cancer Day, you can make a difference and help make life-saving research happen.


Read more about how we are funding the most impactful research.

"I want to live well with my breast cancer" - Anna is a single mother of two who is determined to live well with her breast cancer. 

“I barely had time for my feet to touch the ground” – read Bal’s story about how she felt she was losing herself in the rush for treatment, when she was diagnosed in 2015.