In 1933, cancer researchers recognized the need to share knowledge and expertise globally and so founded the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

Since then, UICC has grown to embrace organizations engaged in all aspects of cancer prevention and control: voluntary cancer societies, research and treatment centres, public health authorities, patient support networks and advocacy groups, and ministries of health.

UICC in the new millennium

Over the years, UICC has fostered the development of cancer institutions, the sharing and exchange of knowledge, the transfer of skills and technologies, and the education of professionals engaged in cancer control.

In the 21st century, UICC has embarked on new directions, with collaboration, training, advocacy and information at the core of its activities. UICC continues its tradition as a solidly science-based organization, while putting greater emphasis on the public health perspective and the quality of life of people living with cancer.

Without the efforts of members, partners, donors and cancer experts throughout the world, UICC would not be able to have such a wide-reaching impact in global cancer control.