About the World Cancer Congress

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About the World Cancer Congress

The World Cancer Congress aims to strengthen the participants' actions and impact on national, regional and international scales through a multidisciplinary programme featuring the latest successful cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care interventions.

Top 5 Congress highlights

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 mission: 'to both unite and support the cancer community in its efforts to reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity and ensure that cancer control remains a priority on the global health and development agenda'.

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. The Congress now takes place every two years in a different country and is normally hosted by a local UICC full member.

The upcoming edition will however be hosted in UICC's hometown, Geneva in Switzerland, on 17-19 September 2024, at the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG). UICC member organisations from across Europe will be joining in as co-hosts.

World Cancer Congress 2022 – Wrap-up video

Why should you attend?

Top 3 factors in deciding to attend the congress
  • Participate in one of the most powerful connecting platforms in cancer control
  • Raise your voice on a global stage and contribute to accelerating progress in the fight against cancer
  • Engage in person with the most influential experts and leaders in global cancer control 
  • Make valuable and inspirational connections through facilitated networking 
  • Join one of the education and training opportunities offered as part of the programme
  • Access all content on the dedicated online platform for up to 3 months after the event


“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.

24 November 2023