“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.
UICC’s 2022 World Cancer Congress was originally scheduled to take place in Berlin and hosted by the German Cancer Society (Deutsche Krebsgesellschaft), in collaboration with other national partners. UICC and the German Cancer Society, however, have jointly decided to not organise such a large, international in-person gathering in Germany. Instead, UICC is now planning to prepare for a hybrid Congress in 2022 in Geneva, the home city of UICC, which will be a combination of on-site events with virtual elements such as webinars, podcasts and online presentations.
UICC Congresses, in chronological order, include: