Our commitment to help accelerate progress against cancer

Cancer affects everyone, regardless of age, gender, or social status, and represents
a tremendous burden for patients, families, and societies. In 2020, one in six deaths
were caused by cancer, accounting for 10 million premature deaths worldwide. Cancer
has been a leading cause of mortality since the 1970s, but only in 2016 did it become
part of the UN global agenda, as part of Sustainable Development Goal target 3.4,
aiming to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases. This step has
helped raise the profile of cancer worldwide and led to an increased political commitment
to accelerate cancer research.

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