"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."
European School of Oncology (ESO) was founded by Umberto Veronesi and Laudomia Del Drago in 1982, with the aim of contributing to the reduction of deaths from cancer due to late diagnosis and/or inadequate treatment. ESO’s mission is reflected in its motto "Learning to Care", which stresses the concept of studying and learning and also of caring for the patient in a global sense.
By improving the skills of all health professionals dealing with cancer patients, ESO shortens the length of time needed to transfer knowledge from advanced research centres to daily practice, combining advanced technology with humanism in care.
As a School, ESO gives great importance to the learning process and not only to its teaching activities. Since its attention is focused on the clinical aspects of the cancer problem, care is the ultimate goal of its commitment to improve the oncological skills of health professionals.
ESO was accepted as full UICC member in 2004.