Thematic areas of work
UICC addresses several crucial cancer themes throughout its convening, capacity building and advocacy activities
Antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) happens when microorganisms change and are still able to grow, even when they are exposed to antimicrobial medicines that are meant to kill or limit their growth.

Breast cancer


Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer among women worldwide, accounting for almost 1 in 4 cancer cases. It is the second most frequent cancer amongst both sexes and is the leading cause of death from cancer in women.

Cancer and Ageing


The world’s population is ageing rapidly. There are currently over 703 million people worldwide above the age of 65 years, representing 9.1% of the global population. Estimates suggest that this proportion will rise to 15.9% by 2050.

Cancer and COVID-19

UICC is keenly aware of the monumental challenges the coronavirus pandemic creates for cancer organisations, people living with cancer and their caregivers. 

Cervical cancer elimination

Cervical cancer remains one of the most common causes of death for women. Each year, more than 300 000 women die of cervical cancer.




Essential Medicines List

Essential medicines are defined as those that “satisfy the priority health care needs of the population” and selected with regard to their public health relevance, evidence on efficacy and safety, and comparative cost-effectiveness.


Tobacco control

Tobacco control aims at reducing the use of tobacco and the serious health risks and mortality it causes through policies, laws and education.



Universal Health Coverage (UHC)

Universal Health Coverage means that all people can benefit from quality health services, where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship.

Investing in cancer control

Cancer continues to pose a significant cost to patients and health systems alike, with estimates suggesting that the annual economic cost of cancer is likely to exceed US$1.2 trillion.

Last update: 
Thursday 31 March 2022