Leading the
global fight
against cancer
 

Union for International Cancer ControlUICC

"The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) unites and supports 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."

 
Our main missions
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Convening

Convening the global cancer control community through our keystone events

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Capacity Building

Developing capacity building initiatives to strengthen the cancer community

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Advocacy

Promoting cancer in the global health and development agendas

Our key platforms
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Latest news and updates
Our news and updates
Only USD 10.5bn are required to achieve 2030 cervical cancer elimination targets, services that, when sustained. would avert 62 million deaths by 2120. Photo by Matthew Henry / Burst.com
22 March 2021

Ending the inequity in preventing and treating cervical cancer

UICC and its members have begun working with WHO, government agencies and civil society partners to meet the challenge of implementing the Global Strategy to eliminate cervical cancer in their own countries.

Each Virtual Dialogue in the regional series will focus on a different topic relevant to the region, based on engagement of UICC members in the region, potential for solution-oriented discussions, and consultation with Board Members from the region.
18 March 2021

Bringing together UICC regional communities in 2021

This year, UICC is leveraging its Virtual Dialogues to respond to the needs of members facing specific challenges in their regions.

This year’s YY study grantees come from India, Brazil, and the US and be visiting renowned research institutions in the US, Japan and France.
17 March 2021

Four cancer professionals receive YY Study Grants to further research

Recipients of last year’s call for Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial International (YY) Study Grants come from Brazil, India and the US. The four awardees will be visiting research centres in the US, Japan and France for three months later this year.

Little is known about the role of nutritional factors both in the development of childhood cancers and in survivors over time; there is an urgent need for clarity around the mechanisms by which poor nutritional state influences the resilience to disease.
16 March 2021

Nutrition and cancer: fostering a global community

Rachel Marklew of ICONIC highlights the need to build partnerships between those working in the areas of nutrition and cancer care. An advance look an upcoming series of UICC Virtual Dialogues with ICONIC.

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4 March 2021

Mobilising support to reduce inequities and improve outcomes in women's cancers

This International Women’s Day on 8th March, WHO builds on the momentum generated by the cervical cancer elimination strategy with a new initiative on breast cancer, an action supported by UICC’s own investment in women cancers.

Cancer and coronavirus resources
25 March 2020

Cancer and COVID-19 resources

As health systems in many countries become overwhelmed by COVID-19, UICC is keenly aware of the immense challenges this situation creates for cancer patients and caregivers. Find our list of resources on cancer and COVID-19 here (regular updates).

From our network
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6 April 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to important value-based innovations and changes for better cancer care across different health systems. The challenges to maintaining/implementing these changes vary by setting. Efforts are needed to implement improved elements of care that evolved during the pandemic.

Source: ecancer
26 March 2021

While the country is on track on a population-wide scale, there is a glaring disparity: Australian Indigenous women are dying from cervical cancer at four times the rate of other women.

Source: Cosmos
22 March 2021

For every 52 smokers, secondhand smoke claims the life of one nonsmoker, an international study reports.

Source: HealthDay News
Member spotlight
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Fundación Foro Nacional de Cáncer

Fundación Foro Nacional de Cáncer in Chile was born as a space for dialogue and social cooperation between all sectors related to oncology in the country. Governmental authorities, academia, research centres, health professionals, private sector, scientific societies and patient organisations have come together to contribute to the participatory and inclusive construction of a national cancer strategy. Registered as a non-profit foundation in 2007, the National Cancer Forum initiated the creation of a national cancer law, which came into force in December 2020. Both nationally and internationally, the forum continues to provide a touchstone for cancer stakeholders, proposing effective public policies to address all aspects of cancer care, investigation, patient rights and political lobby.

Our Partners
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American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is the world’s largest professional membership organisation for pathologists and laboratory professionals. In addition to their educational and certification missions around the world, they maintain a very active global health delivery program focused on laboratory strengthening in all aspects. Through their 10 year + work with PEPFAR, they have improved HIV-related testing and access in ~20 countries, trained more than 3000 individuals, and continue to deliver innovated diagnostics their partners. The Cancer Diagnostics and Treatment in Africa Initiative, created and led by ASCP, aims for 100% access to diagnostics for patients with cancer through on-site assessment, implementation planning, and, ultimately, connectivity to experts around the world through telepathology. With more than 100,000 members, the society’s influence has guided the application and evolution of the pathology and laboratory medicine specialty since 1922. ASCP is leading the way in global health pathology.

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Amgen

Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology. Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its biologics manufacturing expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

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Astellas

The Astellas Group aims to become a R&D-driven global pharmaceutical company contributing to people’s health. Astellas’s business philosophy has three elements — raison d'être, mission and beliefs. This business philosophy expresses the company’s aim to contribute to the health of people around the world through the provision of highly effective and trustworthy pharmaceuticals, while continuously increasing the Company's enterprise value.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS)

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global BioPharma company firmly focused on its mission to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines to patients with serious diseases.

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Cancerfonden

Founded in 1951 to support cancer research, the Swedish Cancer Society is an independent non-profit organization with the vision of finding cures for cancer. The overall aim of the Society is to achieve a higher survival rate and a reduction in the incidence of cancer. Their main task is to raise and distribute money for cancer research. As one of the largest financiers of cancer research in Sweden, the Swedish Cancer Society essentially acts as a national research council. Thanks to the organization’s extensive knowledge about cancer, the Swedish Cancer Society is also active in areas such as public opinion and spreading knowledge about cancer, as well as results of cancer research.

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China Anti-Cancer Association (CACA)

Established in 1984, the China Anti-Cancer Association (CACA) is a non-government and non-profit organisation with a mission to unite people involved in all branches of oncology with a shared interest in fighting cancer. CACA is dedicated to improving cancer control in China through increasing the survival rates, and decreasing the incidence and mortality rates of cancer. CACA plays an important role in promoting academic exchange, organising public education, establishing collaboration with international cancer societies, and providing data and advice to the Chinese government for making strategies and policies on cancer control. The branches consist of 45 professional societies, 47 full membership organisations, and 30 local anti-cancer associations with a total membership exceeding 47,000.

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CUBEBIO

CUBEBIO is a biomedical company, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, dedicated to researching and developing cancer diagnostic biomarkers and in vitro diagnostics. The company also possesses more than 30 patents in relation to cancer diagnosis. Since its establishment, CUBEBIO commits itself to the continuous research and development for global health improvements by detecting cancer early through self-diagnosis by means of urine as a specimen. CUBEBIO’s urine-based self-diagnostic technology enables anyone to check their cancer status fast, accurately, economically, and frequently, thereby making early screening possible and, in the case of cancer patients, allowing them to monitor their cancer for progression or recurrence.

CUBEBIO aims to enter world markets by fostering close working relations with cancer societies, foundations, and research centers in each and every country. By doing so, CUBEBIO works towards creating a new culture where complex cancer diagnostic procedure becomes simpler and more accessible by self-diagnosis, regardless of time and place, and thus emerges as a new global leader in the healthcare industry.

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DKG Krebsgesellschaft

The German Cancer Society (DKG) is the largest scientific and specialist oncology company in Germany with headquarters in Berlin. They are engaged in cancer care on the basis of evidence-based medicine, interdisciplinary and consequent quality standards. In total, DKG has about 7600 members, organised in 24 working groups, 16 regional cancer societies and 34 sponsors from research-based pharmaceutical industries, scientific publishers and health insurances. Since cancers need to be cross-treated and researched, their members are not only medical doctors of all sections, but also basic researchers, medical technical assistants, nurses, psychologists and other professionals who work on cancer.

DKG specialises in certification of oncological care institutions, development of clinical practice guidelines, coordination of guidelines in the framework of the German Guideline Program of Oncology (GGPO), development and transfer of oncological knowledge, and improvement of information given to patients.

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Fondation Philantropia

An umbrella foundation associated with the bank Lombard Odier and a registered charity, Fondation Philanthropia has been helping its donors bring their philanthropic initiatives to fruition in all areas of social responsibility since 2008. It provides philanthropic expertise and support to those who wish to develop a philanthropic project in line with their background, desires and ambitions. The Foundation offers its donors a legal, financial and philanthropic framework for made-to-measure projects.

The Foundation now operates more than 20 personal funds and has received over 115 million Swiss francs in donations, of which over a third has already been distributed or committed. Its donors have been highly committed to the fight against cancer, with over 15 million spent on the cause.

Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP)
Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP)

Friends of Cancer Patients UAE (FoCP UAE) charity is a non-profit organisation, founded in September 1999 under the directives and patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

FoCP UAE provides a broad spectrum of support for its patients including financial support, which entails covering treatment expenses for chemotherapy, radiation and other needed medications, in addition to expenses for investigative and surgical procedures including bone marrow transplants and prosthetic limbs. FoCP UAE provides transportation and food allowance for underprivileged cancer patients and facilitates sending patients abroad for specialised treatment. FoCP UAE also provides moral support, offering cancer patients and their families psychological consultations and Hajj and Umrah services.

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ICON Group

Icon Group is a leading provider of cancer care across Australasia. Icon believes in bringing the best cancer treatment possible, to as many people as possible, as close to home as possible. They do this through leveraging the latest technology, collaborating with like-minded partners and investing in outstanding people.

Institut National du Cancer
Institut National du Cancer

The French National Cancer Institute (INCa) is the preeminent health and science agency in charge of cancer control in France, created under the Public Health Act of 9th August 2004. It reports to the ministries for Health and for Research.

The Institute is a public interest grouping (GIP) which brings together State representatives, charities, health insurance funds, research organisations and hospital federations. These stakeholders share a common goal of reducing the incidence of avoidable cancers and the number of cancer deaths, improving the quality of life of people with cancer during and after their illness, and reducing inequalities related to cancer.

The Institute provides an integrated approach encompassing all cancer-control dimensions (health, scientific, social and economic) and areas of intervention (prevention, screening, care and research) for the benefit of patients and their relatives.

To catalyse progress, the INCa acts as an interface with patients, their friends and families, the healthcare system users, general public, healthcare professionals, researchers, experts and decision-makers.

Capacity Building
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MSD (Merck & Co)

For more than a century, MSD, a leading global biopharmaceutical company, has been inventing for life, bring forward medicines and vaccines for the world’s most challenging diseases.  MSD is a trade name of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA. Through their prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and animal health products, they work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. MSD also demonstrates their commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. Today, MSD continues to be at the forefront of research to advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and communities around the world - including cancer, cardio-metabolic diseases, emerging animal diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and infectious diseases including HIV and Ebola.

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National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training. The NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

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Novartis Oncology

Novartis Oncology is a global leader in transforming outcomes for people with cancer. We offer a wide range of innovative therapies to help meet patient needs and have one of the strongest, most productive pipelines in the industry. Our research is driven by a distinctive scientific and clinical strategy focused on precision oncology – understanding how cancer develops on a genomic level and developing drugs that hone in on those targets.

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Pfizer

At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives through the discovery, development and manufacture of healthcare products. Our global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines, as well as many of the world’s best-known consumer healthcare products. We work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. We collaborate with healthcare providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable healthcare around the world.

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Roche

Roche is the world’s largest biotech company, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and diseases of the central nervous system. Roche is also the world leader in in vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics, and a frontrunner in diabetes management.

Founded in 1896, Roche continues to search for better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases and make a sustainable contribution to society. The company also aims for improving patient access to medical innovations by working with all relevant stakeholders. Twenty-nine medicines developed by Roche are included in the World Health Organization Model Lists of Essential Medicines, among them life-saving antibiotics, antimalarials and cancer medicines.

The Roche Group, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, is active in over 100 countries and in 2016 employed more than 94,000 people worldwide.

Sanofi
Sanofi

Sanofi is a global life sciences company committed to improving access to healthcare and supporting the people we serve throughout the continuum of care. From prevention to treatment, Sanofi transforms scientific innovation into healthcare solutions, in human vaccines, rare diseases, multiple sclerosis, oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, diabetes and cardiovascular solutions and consumer healthcare. More than 110,000 people at Sanofi are dedicated to make a difference on patients’ daily life, wherever they live and enable them to enjoy a healthier life.

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UICC Japan

The Japan National Committee for UICC is a group of Japanese organisations that are members of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), gathered to support the UICC to strive to realise the World Cancer Declaration. Currently UICC-Japan is composed of 29 full Japanese UICC members, including major cancer specialists in Japan, cancer centres, research institutes, research funds, hospitals and cancer associations.

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