Welcome note from the 2020 Congress host

Dr Wahid inviting participants to join him at the 2020 WCC

Welcome! Ahlan!

The Oman Cancer Association (OCA) is honored to host the next World Cancer Congress on 19 - 22 October, 2020. This will be the first time that the Congress will be held in MENA-EMRO region.

UICC believes in a holistic response to global cancer control, supporting its members and the cancer community in working together for positive impact for patients, survivors, health care providers, and other volunteers and carers managing the daily burden of this disease. We are thrilled to be partners and hosts to such a noble organisation.

‘The Way Forward’ is the theme for the 2020 World Cancer Congress, highlighting, quite importantly, the need for our region to work towards a future free from cancer. Networking opportunities and informative sessions will guide and inspire the region’s cancer control agenda, until the next Congress and beyond. 

The program will be comprehensive and geared to address pressing issues in cancer control regionally and internationally, from prevention through to treatment and palliation. We intend to lay a solid foundation for knowledge exchange, best practices and experience-sharing and, pivotally, take a deep dive into the role and impact of advocacy and social enterprises in complimenting the work of the government and private sectors in driving a patient-centred strategy.

Cancer doesn’t discriminate, affecting not only patients and their families, but also entire populations due to the spread of risk factors over one’s lifetime. Inter- regional understanding and collaboration is the best strategy in developing realistic international cancer control policies to not only effectively fight cancer but prevent it through advancements in early diagnosis and better pathways to what we all strive for: a cure.

Muscat’s commitment to health and hospitality is the perfect landscape for this event. We look forward to identifying our common challenges and discussing robust pragmatic solutions, while also sharing with all the participants a taste of what makes Oman such a warm, secure and spectacular tourism destination. We welcome you all to come early and stay after the Congress to enjoy our country.

Mark your calendars for 19-22 October 2020 and join us at the 2020 World Cancer Congress in Muscat. For more information, visit www.worldcancercongress.org as well as the Oman Cancer Association website www.oca.om.

I take this opportunity to thank UICC for their faith in OCA. Our gratitude too to all our sponsors and partner, the Oman National Oncology Centre, and, last but not least, thanks to the Oman Convention & Exhibition Center for providing the impressive venue for this historic gathering. 

Ahlan! 
Welcome!

Dr Wahid AlKharusi FRCS
President
Oman Cancer Association