World Cancer Day 2020

4th February 2020

On 4th February, charities, individuals and organisations across the globe come together for World Cancer Day  – a day that unites people, communities and entire countries to take action.

An important part of our work at Guts UK is campaigning, raising awareness and calling for more research into the Less Survivable Cancers. We’re a proud founding member of the Less Survivable Cancers Taskforce (LSCT), a taskforce targeting six overlooked and underfunded cancers – those with the lowest survival rates.

Whilst the last few decades have seen remarkable improvements in the survival rate of other cancers, these less survivable cancers have been left behind. This means that today, only 14% of people diagnosed with these cancers will survive for five years. For other common cancers, the average is 68%. That’s why, this World Cancer Day, we’re offering you an opportunity to share your support for people facing the poorest cancer prognoses and to close the #DeadlyCancerGap.

We aim to double survival rates for the six least survivable cancers by 2029. Alongside brain and lung cancer, the other four of these six cancers are digestive; stomach, pancreatic, oesophageal and liver.

On World Cancer Day 2020, the taskforce members are attending Portcullis House, Westminster alongside families affected by these cancers. We’ll be highlighting the discrepancy in survival rates for these cancers and the importance of more research to double the survival rates to 28% by 2029.

We can’t do this alone. With your support we can start to close the deadly cancer gap. Discover how you can help us achieve earlier diagnosis, a better treatment and a cure for these deadly cancers below.


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