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Feb. 3, 2017: February 4 is World Cancer Day

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

Feb. 3, 2017

Spotlighted Topic of the Week: Cancer


The Stakes are High, the Goal the Same – Overcome Cancer

As a pediatric oncologist, I have sat across from a family and told them the heart wrenching news that their child has cancer. Many families tell me later that this was the worst day of their lives. Although I was the bearer of bad news, I had a strong oncology training, a collaborative team of healthcare professionals with multidisciplinary backgrounds, and the resources to help many families beat cancer… Read blog

Global Voices Blog


Cancer Registries

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Cancer Registries Infographic


World Cancer Day

Every year, on February 4th, the world comes together in the fight against cancer, one of the leading causes of death in the 21st century. Watch video

World Cancer Day Video

Story of the Week

Cost of Cancer Registration in Limited Resource Settings

With an estimated 14.1 million new cancer cases, 8.2 million deaths, and 32.5 million cancer survivors worldwide in 2012, cancer is a leading cause of illness and early death. More than 50% of the world’s cancer cases and 65% of cancer deaths occur in limited-resource settings, and more than 48% of cancer survivors live in these areas. In the next two decades, new cancer cases are projected to increase by 70% worldwide, mostly in limited-resource settings… Read story

Cost of Cancer Registration

CDC Zika Updates

Latest Outbreak Info

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On January 22, 2016, CDC activated the Incident Management System and, working through the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), centralized the response to the outbreaks of Zika occurring in the Americas and increased reports of birth defects and Guillain-Barré syndrome in areas affected by Zika. On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) because of clusters of microcephaly and other neurological disorders in some areas affected by Zika. On February 8, 2016, CDC elevated response efforts to a Level 1 activation, the highest response level at the agency.

CDC is working with international public health partners and with state and local health departments to

  • Alert healthcare providers and the public about Zika.
  • Post travel notices and other travel-related guidance.
  • Provide state health laboratories with diagnostic tests.
  • Monitor and report cases of Zika, which will helps improve our understanding of how and where Zika is spreading.

More resources on the CDC Zika website »

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