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Feb. 4, 2016: Today is World Cancer Day

CDC Around the World: News, Web, & SOcial Media Updates From the CDC Center for Global Health

Feb. 4, 2016

Spotlighted Topic of the Week: Today is World Cancer Day

Blog of the Week


CDC’s Office of International Cancer Control (OICC) is involved in many activities around the world to prevent and control cancer. One important project is to work with the International Agency for Research on Cancer and other organizations to develop regional hubs in low- and middle-income countries to provide localized support, training, and research opportunities to the countries in the region; evaluate and improve existing cancer registries; monitor data quality and disseminate data; and establish cancer registries where none existed…read blog.


Infographic of the Week

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Video of the Week


This Public Service Announcement features Meryl Streep who discusses the importance of colorectal cancer screening for men and women aged 50 and older. Ms. Streep explains that screening can prevent colorectal cancer, by finding polyps so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Watch video


Story of the Week


On February 4, CDC joins people, organizations, and government agencies around the world in exploring how everyone can help prevent and control cancer.

Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, everyone has a role to play to reduce the impact of the disease on individuals, families, and communities. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do to take action. Whatever you choose to do, “We can. I can.” make a difference in the fight against cancer…read story


CDC Zika Updates

Latest Outbreak Info

In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.

In response, CDC has issued travel notices for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing…read more

Q & A on Zika

Areas with Zika

In the News

On the Calendar

February 4: World Cancer Day
February 14:
Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day
February 20: World Day of Social Justice
February 29: Rare Disease Day
February 29- March 6: World Salt Awareness Week

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