The World Cancer Congress was hosted by the National Cancer Society of Malaysia, and it took place from 1-4 October in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). It is an initiative that was instigated by the Union of International Cancer Control which is meant to support the organisation's purpose statement "to unite the cancer community, reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity and integrate cancer into the world's health and development agenda".
This year the 2018 edition of the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit aimed to focus attention on the need to plan and implement national cancer control plan to develop the core infrastructure required to successfully treat and cure a growing population of cancer patients.
Grace Injene, the Kenya Cancer Associations' Executive Director attended the event and made a presentation on the challenges and opportunties that are present. The political commitment is much needed in terms of the Kenya Health Policy, Kenya Vision 2030 and the Cancer Prevention and Control Act 2012. The challenges she mentioned on the presentation were low awareness on cancer and preventive behaviors, low screening uptake and screening initiatives that are also not regulated. As representative of Kenya Cancer Association she mentioned that we are currently supporting the bill on "Kenya Cancer Fund" and also enhancing the benefits under the National Hospital Insurance Fund.
The World Cancer Congress takes place every two years in a different country and is hosted by a local member of UICC. There were various presentations including the World Cancer Leader's Summit, the UICC Regional Meeting, Patient Group Pavivillion Presentations, e-Poster Pods Presentations among many others.
The congress was a success as it convened over 350 global influencers in cancer control academia, the non-profit and private sectors and public health from across governments, UN agencies, who joined forces to issue a call of urgency to countries to increase access to, and investment in, cancer services for improved early detection, treatment and care.
The 2018 Summit report and its videos will be soon available and uploaded online at the UICC websites.