WORLD Cancer Day is commemorated annually on 4 February when people around the world unite against this disease that knows no borders and represents one of humanity’s most pressing humanitarian and financial concerns. It is estimated that cancer will kill more than eight million people worldwide (2016 estimate), half of these deaths will be people of working age between 30 and 69. The consequent cost implications on world economies of cancer and other non-communicable diseases (including mental health) could have a greater economic impact than the global financial crisis of 2008. UICC has also appealed to governments to urgently reaffirm their commitment to the following cost-effective cancer “essentials” packages to save lives. Visit www.worldcancerday.org for more information on how the day is being marked around the globe. - UICC.