About 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 amongst over 3,500 cancer control and public health experts from 130 countries.

It aims to strengthen the participants' action and impact on national, regional and international scales through a multidisciplinary programme that features the latest successful interventions in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.

“The 2018 World Cancer Congress enabled the cancer community to develop new collaborations, share practical case studies and learn from top experts in all aspects of cancer control. We were able to share knowledge and interact with colleagues from around the world, gaining new perspectives on what we, as a community, can do to reduce the cancer burden over time.”

– Delegate via 2018 WCC Survey

The Congress was awarded 'Best Conference Development' at the 2016 International & European Associations Awards and 'Best use of social media' at the 2017 Association Excellence Awards.

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The World Cancer Congress is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) -  which was recognised with Membership Engagement Award - and supports the organisation's purpose statement: 'we unite and support the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to ensure that cancer control continues to be a priority in the world health
and development agenda'.

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


2020 WCC Organising committee

The UICC Congress Organising Committee is responsible for providing the direction and support to the Geneva Team and for the success of the Congress. It will focus its discussions on the forthcoming World Cancer Congress, while learning and evaluating experience gained in prior congresses. The Committee will provide input, feedback, and support for the different aspects of the Congress that will determine the success of the event. 

Chair: HRH Princess Dina Mired - UICC President (Jourdan)
Cary Adams - UICC Chief Executive Officer (Switzerland)
Zipporah Ali - Executive Director of Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) (Kenya)
Wahid AlKharusi - Chair 2020 WCC Local Host Committee (Oman)
Johannes Bruns - Director General German Cancer Society and 2022 WCC Host (Germany)
Heather Bryant - Co-Chair 2020 WCC Programme Committee (Canada)
Anil D'Cruz; Co-Chair 2020 WCC Programme Committee (India)
David Hill; Co-Chair 2020 WCC Abstract Committee (Australia)
Dan Milner; Chief Medical Officer American Society for Clinical Pathology (United States)
Nagi Saghir; Director, Breast Center of Excellence, American University of Beirut Medical Center (United States)