Past Congresses

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Participants cheering at the World Cancer Congress 2018
2018 World Cancer Congress

2018 World Cancer Congress   

The 2018 World Cancer Congress, entitled ‘Strengthen. Inspire. Deliver.’ was held in Southeast Asia for the very first time.

The National Cancer Society of Malaysia, supported by the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the Malaysian Convention and Exhibition Bureau, hosted the 25th edition of the Congress. The Congress took place a couple of days after the UN High-level Meeting on NCDs in New York, so it gave us an opportunity to reflect on progress made in addressing cancer globally.

Over 2,500 delegates from 120 countries gathered in Kuala Lumpur to listen to the advances made by many around the world in preventing and treating cancer. The Congress design facilitated discussion, debate, challenge and interaction and all delegates left inspired by the content and the sense of ambition and hope from the world leaders in cancer control.

The Congress featured five Tracks covering the breadth of challenges faced in improving cancer control at a global, regional and national level.

Read the 2018 World Cancer Congress Summary Report

2016 World Cancer Congress

2016 World Cancer Congress  

The 2016 World Cancer Congress entitled “Mobilising action, inspiring change” was held in Paris and concluded on a strong positive note.

La Ligue Contre le Cancer, and the Alliance des Ligues Francophones Africaines et Mediteranéennes, hosted the 24th edition of the Congress.

Over 3,260 delegates from 139 different countries gathered in Paris, along with leaders bringing cancer at the forefront of their political agenda as the former President of France, Mr François Hollande, Her Majesty The Queen Letizia of Spain, Her Royal Highness Lalla Salam from Morocco, the First Ladies from Burkina Faso, Congo and Niger, as well as many Ministers of Health and Ambassadors.

The Congress Programme featured 144 interactive sessions, and 688 abstracts presented that strengthened the skills and knowledge of the audience with inspiring themes.


Read the report 2016 World Cancer Congress Summary Report


“After our attendance in the Congress, we got back to Mexico full of strength and knowledge to continue our fight against cancer!”
“The course has given me the opportunity to expand my network with other professionals not only in my region but also with other parts of the world. The time I spent in the Master Course to learn, share and exchange knowledge was worth every minute.” 

UICC Congresses, in chronological order, include: 

  • 27th GENEVA, Switzerland 18-20 October 2022
  • 26th edition was initially due to take place in MUSCAT, Oman on 20-22 October 2020, but was then pushed back to March 2021, however it was ultimately called off due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Read more about the announcement here
  • 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 
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General speaking via recorded message to the attendees of the World Cancer Congress 2022

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.

Speakers on stage at the World Cancer Congress 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland (October 2022)

UICC’s World Cancer Congress 2022 took place on 18-20 October in Geneva

Last update

Thursday 12 January 2023

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