The World Cancer Congress

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The World Cancer Congress (WCC) is a recognised international conference which encourages effective knowledge transfer and best practices exchange in global cancer control
Through a multidisciplinary educational programme which spans the full spectrum of cancer (from prevention to treatment to palliative care), the event aims to strengthen the action and impact of the cancer and wider health community on national, regional and international scales.
The top three factors which prompt participants to attend are:
  • Networking and developing new partnerships
  • Listening to renowned international experts
  • Learning and sharing best practices and new methods which are applicable to their own settings

The following Congress areas are particularly valued by the delegates who come from various backgrounds, including research, fundraising, cancer control planning, prevention, primary healthcare, oncology, leadership or governments:

  • Innovation in prevention, early detection & screening
  • Quality cancer treatment and diagnosis to overcome inequalities in cancer care
  • Improving patient and family experiences
  • Education and training 
  • Advocacy, policy and optimising outcomes of health systems
The World Cancer Congress is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and supports the organisation'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.


The World Cancer Congress has gone from strength to strength over the years, achieving spectacular results in 2016:


- The French President Mr François Hollande, Her
  Majesty the Queen of Spain, HRH Princess Lalla
  Salma from Morocco
, Mr Michel Sidibé, Executive
  Director of UNAIDS and Under-Secretary-General of the
  UN as well as 18 First Ladies, Ministers of
  Health and Ambassadors
from Europe, Africa and
  the Middle East at the Opening Ceremony

- 3260 registered participants from 139 countries,
  a +20% increase in attendance from the 2014
  Congress in Melbourne

- 500 speakers across 144 sessions

- 40 sponsors and 57 exhibitors in the Global Village - up from 48 in 2014

- 96% of participants would recommend the event to a colleague

Read the 2016 Congress report and find out more about the exciting Congress journey in Paris.



The 2018 World Cancer Congress is themed 'Strenghten. Inspire. Deliver' to keep the momentum going.

The conference will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 1-4 October 2018, and will be hosted by the National Cancer Society of Malaysia.


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