Welcome note from the 2018 Congress host

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Dear All,

The National Cancer Society of Malaysia is honored to host the very first World Cancer Congress in South East Asia – to be held from 1 to 4 October 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

We expect thousands of worldwide cancer and health experts to converge to our capital city in October 2018, and take advantage of this major educational platform to further 'Strengthen. Inspire. Deliver’ the global cancer control momentum.

From feedback received, the previous Congresses resulted in fruitful collaborations and rewarding experiences for the delegates who left the events with concrete tools and solutions that helped them enhance their work practice and impact.

As hosts, we already feel very excited to create the same energetic and inspiring atmosphere during the Congress week in Kuala Lumpur, adding local flavors and new perspectives such as the role of complementary treatment in cancer to the programme.

We are also hopeful that through the Congress our community in Asia will be able to increase awareness about the growing cancer burden that affects our region and strengthen its ties to further tackle the disease. Studies estimate that 8.1 million people in Asia will die of cancer by 2020 - 75% of which will be unable to face the huge medical care costs within their first year of diagnosis.

Thus, the urgent need to mobilise our efforts, promote cancer advocacy more efficiently and develop effective national policies and plans for prevention, early detection, care and support.

Partners, colleagues and friends – old and new – mark your calendars now, and join us on a stimulating Congress journey that will reinforce our community spirit and action, not only globally but also regionally and nationally.

Malaysians are known for their warm hospitality and multicultural diversity so we will make sure that you feel right at home during your time with us.

Welcome to Malaysia!

Dr Saunthari Somasundaram
President of the National Cancer Society of Malaysia and Chair of the 2018 WCC Host Committee​