Malaysia to Host World Cancer Congress


( – Malaysia will be the first nation in Southeast Asia to host the internationally-acclaimed World Cancer Congress and the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit from the 1st to the 4th of October, 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

Recognised internationally as the foremost cancer conference, the Congress is expected to attract over 3,200 cancer experts from 115 countries representing the entire spectrum of the global cancer control community.

It is also expected to boost regional efforts of the various governments and NGOs in Southeast Asia in cancer control and prevention. .

“The hosting of the World Cancer Congress 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, is not only an honour for Malaysia but also Southeast Asia.

“It is a reflection of the kind of close collaboration between the government and the NGOs and also part of the government’s focus through the National Cancer Institute on how serious we are about cancer control,” said the Chief Patron of the National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM), Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.

“ Cancer is a disease that cuts across the whole spectrum of society and has nothing to do with status, position, race or whatever.

“Breakthrough ideas at the conference can be taken up to the government, namely the Ministry of Health, who can follow-up on the latest trends and treatment data in the national interest.

“By bringing the World Cancer Congress to Malaysia, it is also a testimony of our capabilities and the state-of-the-art conference facilities we offer and how we can value-add to the success of this important conference.

“After all, Malaysia is also home to many prominent medical specialists who have made an international mark,” she continued.

UICC (Union for International Cancer Control) is the largest cancer fighting organisation of its kind, with more than 400 member organisations across 120 countries.

With its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, it is the leading non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian cancer organisation.

UICC’s mission is to eliminate cancer as a life-threatening disease for future generations.

“ Malaysia and Southeast Asia could help UICC to take the lead to convene the global cancer community and leave a long lasting impact within the region.

“This is the region where cancer control, better advocacy on cancer prevention, care and support is needed most.

“This will ultimately be the legacy from this World Cancer Congress,” said a statement in the winning bid document submitted to UICC.

Held every two years, the World Cancer Congress is a leading platform to exchange best practices in the implementation science of cancer prevention and control; and serve as a networking opportunity for the global cancer and wider health community.

This year the World Cancer Congress will be held from 31st October to 3rd November in Paris, France.

The Congress represents a unique and ideal platform for the international cancer control community to meet, discuss, share, learn, and connect in order to find solutions to reduce the impact of cancer on communities around the world.

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