World Cancer Congress

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World Cancer Congress
Congrès mondial contre le cancer
About the World Cancer Congress

A major event in the global cancer control agenda

The World Cancer Congress (WCC) is a recognised international conference that encourages effective knowledge transfer and best practices exchange amongst + 3000 global cancer control and health experts.

It was awarded 'Best Conference Development' at the 2016 International & European Associations Awards and ‘Best use of social media’ with 2016 World Cancer Congress campaign at the 2017 Association Excellence Awards.

The event aims to strengthen the action and impact of the cancer community on national, regional and international scales through its educational programme which spans the full spectrum of cancer - from prevention and treatment to palliative care.

The first International Cancer Congress was held in Madrid in 1933. It led to the foundation of the International Union Against Cancer in 1935, renamed the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in 2010 and today’s proud winner of the International & European Association Award for Membership Engagement.

The WCC supports UICC's purpose statement 'to unite the cancer community, reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity and integrate cancer into the world's health and development agenda'.

The event takes place every two years in a different country and is hosted by a local member of UICC.

Upcoming World Cancer Congress in Kuala Lumpur

The 2016 World Cancer Congress in numbers


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About the World Cancer Congress

“The 2016 World Cancer Congress was without doubt the best conference I have ever attended. It was outstanding in so many ways: amazing content, exceptional speakers, a good choice of topics, inspiring presentations and a great opportunity to network with diverse organisations and industry leaders around the globe.

I am extremely proud to be a member of UICC, and I remain committed and inspired to ‘Stop Cancer Now’ in my country and region.”

Carl Niamatali, President

“Participants were truly engaged in all sessions and offerings, and the layout of the event was very conducive to networking.”

The Hon. Nicola Roxon
Last update: 
Wednesday 23 August 2017
Responds to the following Declaration Target(s): 
Target 1
Strengthen health systems for effective cancer control
Target 2
Measure cancer burden and impact of cancer plans in all countries
Target 3
Reduce exposure to cancer risk factors
Target 6
Universal access to screening and early detection for cancer
Target 7
Improve access to service across the cancer care continuum
Target 8
Universal availability of pain control and distress management
Target 9
Improve education and training of healthcare professionals
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