The DOH’s Center for Excellence for Public and Private Partnerships in Health (PPP), UP-PGH, Chevron Geothermal Philippines Holdings, Inc., and the Cancer Institute Foundation for Cancer Prevention Center with the support of the Union for International Cancer Control, JHPIEGO – an affiliate of the Johns Hopkins University, and the Philippine Cancer Society, joined the international community in celebrating World Cancer Day through Moving As One, A Global Call to Action: Preventing Cancer to Save Lives last February 3, 2012 at the Diamond Hotel – Manila.   

Two hundred forty-eight Filipino and international experts in the prevention, early detection and treatment of malignant diseases came together with leaders from several government agencies and non-government organizations to develop important networks and share their best practices crucial to the ongoing fight against cancer. 

The global burden of cancer, Philippine government’s thrust in cancer care and control and the UICC’s 11 key targets by 2020 were the highlights of the event. Four panel sessions followed focusing on the roles of government, non-government organizations, healthcare workers and patient groups in cancer care and control, covering the broad and general spectrum of control programme as well as the specific issues related to cancer. 

During the event, the participants signed the World Cancer Declaration and together they are led to a pledge of commitment to move as one in the global fight against cancer

Targets by 2020

  1. Sustainable delivery systems will be in place to ensure that effective cancer control programmes are available in all countries
  2. The measurement of the global cancer burden and the impact of cancer control interventions will have improved significantly
  3. Global tobacco consumption, obesity and alcohol intake levels will have fallen significantly
  4. Populations in the areas affected by HPV and HBV will be covered by universal vaccination programmes
  5. Public attitudes towards cancer will improve and damaging myths and misconceptions about the disease will be dispelled
  6. Many more cancers will be diagnosed when still localised through the provision of screening and early detection programmes and high levels of public and professional awareness about important cancer warning signs
  7. Access to accurate cancer diagnosis, appropriate cancer treatments, supportive care, rehabilitation services and palliative care will have improved for all patients worldwide
  8. Effective pain control measures will be available universally to all cancer patients in pain
  9. The number of training opportunities available for health professionals in different aspects of cancer control will have improved significantly
  10. Emigration of health workers with specialist training in cancer control will have reduced dramatically
  11. There will be major improvements in cancer survival rates in all countries