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World Cancer Day 2018. ‘We can. I can.’

Every year on World Cancer Day (4 February), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) support the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in promoting ways to reduce the global burden of cancer.

To mark World Cancer Day 2018, IARC Director Dr Christopher Wild explains how research plays a key role in helping to improve our understanding of what causes cancer as well as in defining the best ways to prevent and control the disease.

Question 1: How can research help in better understanding the causes of cancer?

Question 2: In what way can cancer research help in defining the most efficient strategies to prevent and control the disease?

Question 3: What are the most exciting recent developments in cancer research?


Dr Christopher P. Wild, IARC Director, Office of the Director – Cancer prevention