Paris will host the World Cancer Congress in early November

After past editions in China, Canada and Australia, the, World Cancer Congress will take place in Paris, at the Palais des Congrès convention center, from 31 October to 3 November 2016. Professor Jacqueline Godet, President of the French League Against Cancer, discussed the 24th edition of this event.

What are the major issues at the 2016 World Cancer Congress?

Professor Jacqueline Godet: This year’s Congress will focus on sharing experiences among NGOs, so that we can fight more effectively together. The event’s theme, “Mobilise action – Inspire change,” reflects this spirit. For delegates, the goal is to expand their sphere of influence and augment their activities, in view of a common goal (set in 2011 by the United Nations Declaration on Cancer): a 25% reduction in the number of premature deaths attributable to cancer by 2025.

Is the event strictly for experts on the subject?

JG: A total of 3,500 guests are expected from over 110 countries – all members of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). But beyond the quantity, it’s the quality of the discussions that draws participants. Doctors, teachers, NGOs, associations, political representatives and cancer survivors… everyone is invited to share their experiences and their initiatives for fighting cancer. Africa will be particularly well represented. And for good reason, since, as Professor Serigne Magueye Gueye (President of the Alliance of French-Speaking African and Mediterranean Leagues) pointed out, cancer now kills more people *in Africa* than communicable diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS.

How do the conferences work?

JG: The three days of the event will include 200 multidisciplinary sessions, including 70 with simultaneous translation. All facets of the oncology care pathway will be addressed, whether organizational, scientific, medical or medico-social, by proposing concrete and innovative initiatives. Civil society as a whole is affected by cancer, from health professionals to people with cancer and their close relations.

Why did the UICC choose Paris for this year’s event?

JG: Paris applied in 2012 to host the biennial Congress of the UICC, considered the key international conference in the fight against cancer. With the support of the French League Against Cancer, Paris won over the jury and will host this 24th edition, which will bring together experts and NGOs fighting against cancer in every corner of the world. The choice of Paris confirms the exemplary role of France on the international stage in research, prevention, treatment and support services for patients.


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