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 2024

UICC’s next World Cancer Congress will take place in 2024. The location and dates will be shared soon.

Latest World Cancer Congress news
UICC President Elect Ulrike Årehed Kågström speaks at a plenary session at the World Cancer Congress 2022 in front of a giant backscreen
13 December 2022
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Best of Congress sessions now available to the general public

A selection of some of the most popular session recordings of the World Cancer Congress 2022 is now available to the public.

Jeff Dunn, the new President of UICC for 2022-2024, gave closing remarks for the World Cancer Congress 2022 from Australia
21 October 2022
News

UICC closes a successful World Cancer Congress 2022

Three days of stimulating discussions, new and renewed connections and significant announcements marked World Cancer Congress 2022 in Geneva.

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.
Updated on Friday 14 October
14 October 2022
News

World Cancer Congress only a few days away

UICC is looking forward to welcoming delegates and opening the World Cancer Congress next Tuesday on 18 October.

Past Congresses

UICC Congresses, in chronological order, include: 

  • 26th GENEVA, Switzerland 18-20 October 2022
  • 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 2022 in numbers

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Last update: 
Monday 5 December 2022
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