World Cancer Congress

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

The World Cancer Congress (WCC) is a recognised international conference that encourages effective knowledge transfer and best practices exchange amongst 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

World Cancer Congress 2022

UICC’s World Cancer Congress 2022 will take place on 18-20 October in Geneva, a global health hub where UICC is headquartered. Driven by the theme, “Committed to global collaboration and knowledge sharing to accelerate progress in cancer control”, the 2022 Congress will be a combination of exclusive on-site events and virtual components, such as on-demand sessions and podcasts aimed at a worldwide audience.

Latest World Cancer Congress news
Image of the Jet d'eau, a landmark of Geneva, Switzerland, a global health hub, with the dates of UICC's 2022 World Cancer Congress, 18-20 October.
28 September 2022
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Discover the themes and sessions of the World Cancer Congress

With preparations advancing at high speed, UICC is looking forward to welcoming delegates and opening the World Cancer Congress on 18 October. A limited number of on-site registrations still available!

Image of the Jet d'eau, a landmark of Geneva, Switzerland, a global health hub, with the dates of UICC's 2022 World Cancer Congress, 18-20 October.
27 June 2022
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Register now for the World Cancer Congress 2022 in Geneva!

UICC staff and global health experts are excited to present the upcoming World Cancer Congress, to be held in Geneva on 18-20 October. Registration for digital access is also available.

Branded image of UICC's World Cancer Congress, featuring the iconic Jet d'Eau in Geneva, where UICC is headquartered and where WCC2022 will take place
15 February 2022
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World Cancer Congress programme and call for abstracts

Discover the preliminary programme for the 2022 World Cancer Congress and submit an abstract that will be available to all participants.

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 

 World Cancer Congress in numbers 2018

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Last update: 
Wednesday 21 September 2022
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