UICC's mission is to unite and support the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to ensure that cancer control continues to be a priority in the world health and development agenda.
The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is the oldest and largest global membership organisation dedicated to taking action on cancer.
Founded in 1933 and based in Geneva, UICC has over 1150 member organisations in 172 countries and territories. The membership base includes the world’s major cancer leagues and societies, research institutes, treatment centres, hospitals, ministries of health, public health agencies and patient support groups. UICC’s mission is to both unite and support the cancer community in its efforts to reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity and ensure that cancer control continues to be a priority in the world health and development agenda.
UICC's membership (visit the Map of members for more information)
UICC has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and has official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and partnerships with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). UICC is committed to working in partnership, and engages over 60 partners, including associations, companies and foundations, to amplify and extend its collective impact.
UICC is the only global cancer organisation representing all cancer types, across the continuum of cancer care (prevention, early detection, treatment and care, palliative care). The organisation connects the most influential health leaders, governments, civil society, policy makers and private sector through its platforms and activities.
UICC has reached millions of people with World Cancer Day, welcomed thousands of delegates at its World Cancer Congresses and convened top decision-makers in the health and cancer communities at its World Cancer Leaders' Summits.
Since 2009, it has launched five new organisations and initiatives: the NCD Alliance (2009), the McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer (2012), the International Cancer Control Partnership (2013), the City Cancer Challenge Foundation or C/Can (2017) and the ATOM (Access to Oncology Medicines) Coalition (2022).
UICC is governed by its member organisations. They meet in a General Assembly, which is held every two years around the World Cancer Congress. A Board of 17 Directors, elected by full members at the General Assembly, acts as the executive body of UICC.
Cancer control aims to reduce the incidence, morbidity and mortality of cancer and to improve the quality of life of cancer patients in a defined population, through the systematic implementation of evidence-based interventions for prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and palliative care.
Find out more about UICC's activities by reading our annual reports.
The UICC Team is composed of over 40 passionate individuals eager to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
UICC has received or been shortlisted for a number of awards recognising its efforts in improving its various services to its members, partners and the general cancer community.
UICC plays a unique and important role in the global cancer and health communities.
At UICC, issues of equity and gender equality in global health are embedded in the core functioning and vision of the organisation.
TNM (“Tumor”, “Nodes”, “Metastases”) cancer staging system is a globally recognised standard and unified system for classifying the extent of spread of cancer.
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