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World Cancer Day 2020

Tuesday 4 February 2020 is World Cancer Day, led by the UICC (Union for International Cancer Control). In the UK, an estimated 2.5 million people were living with cancer in 2015, predicted to rise to 4 million by 2030. Many branches of biomedicine have proved valuable in the fight against cancer, and immunology is no different – immunotherapies are now a major research area and are changing the way cancer is treated.

The BSI is raising awareness of cancer immunotherapy to highlight how immunology research can be used to develop new treatments and transform lives. Last year, we established a new partnership with the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) to bring the immunology and cancer communities together to drive collaborations to address current challenges in immunotherapy through a series of joint initiatives. We have been working together on a series of joint initiatives that aim to accelerate the progress of immunotherapy in cancer.

To support World Cancer Day, we’ve pulled together our immunotherapy-related resources and publications and will be posting on social media throughout the day.


  • Check out our infographic below
  • Explore our new Cancer Immunology Virtual Issue featuring the latest research on immunotherapy, checkpoint inhibitors, cancer vaccination and the role of regulatory T cells
  • Take a look at this blog written by our President, Professor Arne Akbar, on how we can enable cancer immunology research to thrive
  • Browse through our Cancer Immunotherapy Collection, compiled after the 2018 Nobel Prize was awarded for the "discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation"
  • Read this fascinating article from our 60th anniversary report, detailing the past present and future of immunotherapy treatments
  • Head to our BiteSized Immunology pages to learn more about the science behind immunotherapies for cancer and other disease

Follow our social media channels to find out more:

BSI Twitter channel - @britsocimm

BSI Facebook page

BSI Instagram page - britsocimm

Clinical & Experimental Immunology journal Twitter channel - @CEIjournal

Immunology journal Twitter channel - @immjournal

Cancer immunotherapy infographic

Cancer immunotherapy infographic BSI