World Cancer Congress

About the World Cancer Congress - A major event in the global cancer control agenda

“It is humbling to see that 95% of delegates would recommend the World Cancer Congress to a colleague. This shows me that we are delivering a Congress which really makes a difference to people.”

– Jessica Mathieu, Head of Congress, UICC

The World Cancer Congress (WCC) is a recognised international conference that encourages effective knowledge transfer and best practices exchange amongst 3,500 global cancer control and health experts.

It was awarded 'Best Conference Development' at the 2016 International & European Associations Awards and ‘Best use of social media’ with the 2016 WCC campaign at the 2017 Association Excellence Awards.

The event aims to strengthen the action and impact of the cancer community on national, regional and international scales through its educational programme which spans the full spectrum of cancer - from prevention and treatment to palliative care.

The first International Cancer Congress was held in Madrid in 1933. It led to the foundation of the International Union Against Cancer in 1935, renamed the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in 2010 and today’s proud winner of the International & European Association Award for Membership Engagement.

The WCC supports UICC's purpose statement 'to unite the cancer community, reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity and integrate cancer into the world's health and development agenda'.

The event takes place every two years in a different country and is hosted by a local member of UICC.

Upcoming Congress

2021 World Cancer Congress – Save the Date

Mark your calendar for the next World Cancer Congress, which will be taking place from 16-18 March 2021 in Oman.

N.B. (Due to to the coronavirus pandemic, the World Cancer Congress has been delayed, it was originally meant to take place on 20-22 October 2020)

2021 World Cancer Congress

The 2021 World Cancer Congress will be hosted by the Oman Cancer Association, in collaboration with the National Oncology Centre Royal Hospital Muscat.

We look forward to seeing you in Oman!

Past Congresses

UICC Congresses, in chronological order, include: 

  • 25th KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia 1-4 October 2018
  • 24th PARIS, France 31 Oct.-3 Nov. 2016
  • 23rd MELBOURNE, Australia Dec. 3-6, 2014 
  • 22nd MONTRÉAL, Canada August 27-30, 2012
  • 21st SHENZHEN, China August 18-21, 2010 
  • 20th GENEVA, Switzerland August 27-31, 2008 
  • 19th WASHINGTON, U.S.A. July 8-12, 2006 
  • 18th OSLO, Norway June 30 - July 4, 2002
  • 17th RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil  August 1998  
  • 16th NEW DELHI, India October-November 1994
  • 15th HAMBURG, Germany August 1990 
  • 14th BUDAPEST, Hungary September 1986 
  • 13th SEATTLE, U.S.A. October 1982 

 

  • 12th BUENOS AIRES, Argentina October 1978 
  • 11th FLORENCE, Italy May 1974 
  • 10th HOUSTON, U.S.A. October 1970 
  • 9th TOKYO, Japan July 1966 
  • 8th MOSCOW, Russia July 1962 
  • 7th LONDON, U.K. July 1958 
  • 6th SAO PAULO, Brazil July 1954 
  • 5th PARIS, France September 1950 
  • 4th ST. LOUIS, U.S.A September 1947 
  • 3rd ATLANTIC CITY, U.S.A. September 1939 
  • 2nd BRUSSELS, Belgium September 1936 
  • 1st MADRID, Spain October 1933 

 2018 World Cancer Congress in numbers

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Monday 6 April 2020
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6 April 2020

World Cancer Congress postponed to 16-18 March 2021

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, UICC has taken the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the World Cancer Congress to March 2021 and cancel the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit.

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16 January 2020

2020 World Cancer Congress preliminary programme released

The preliminary programme of the 2020 World Cancer Congress in Oman is now available online. It is built around nine themes covering the full cancer control spectrum.