Global cancer congress coming to Canada for first time

Partnership encourages Canadians to show support by signing World Cancer Declaration

UICC World Cancer Congress logo As preparations continue for next summer’s World Cancer Congress taking place August 27-30, 2012 in Montréal, Québec, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is encouraging Canadians to sign the World Cancer Declaration and show their support for reducing the global cancer burden.

An initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control, of which the Partnership is a member, the World Cancer Declaration identifies 11 targets to be achieved by 2020, including drops in global tobacco consumption, obesity and alcohol intake; the universal availability of effective pain medication; and the need to dispel myths and misconceptions about cancer.

Partnership CEO Jessica Hill and Vice-President of Cancer Control Dr. Heather Bryant are involved in the organization of the Congress, which is coming to Canada for the first time. Held every two years by the UICC in conjunction with cancer control professionals from the host country, it is an opportunity for members of the international cancer control community to network, learn and discover new ideas or best practices toward the shared goal of reducing the global impact of cancer.

The 2012 World Cancer Congress will focus on

  • prevention and early detection
  • cancer care and survivorship
  • palliation and pain control
  • systems in cancer control

Each of these tracks is directly linked to one or more of the World Cancer Declaration targets. The final program and registration details will be announced on the World Cancer Congress website this fall.