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KUALA LUMPUR, 29 February 2016 – The leading international conference in cancer control, the World Cancer Congress and the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit will take place from the 1 to the 4 of October, 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). Held for the first time in SoutheastAsia, the Congress is expected to attract over 3,200 cancer experts from 115 countries representing the entire spectrum of the global cancer control community. “The National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM) worked closely with Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) on the winning bid proposal which was submitted in September 2014 and a final decision on the host city was made in April 2015,” said Datuk Zulkefli Hj Sharif, the Chief Executive Officer of MyCEB. “In terms of economic impact for the country, we anticipate an approximate of RM 30 million from this business event as over sixty percent of the delegates will be coming from various countries around the globe,” he added. NCSM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in October 2015 to host the 2018 World Cancer Congress and the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in Kuala Lumpur. “In addition, we lobbied Dr Saunthari Somasundaram, President of NCSM to sit on the board of UICC. She is well known for playing an active role on cancer awareness activities in the region,” said Clare Ratnasingham, Vice President of NCSM. “The last World Cancer Congress in 2014 garnered strong recognition amongst the global cancer community and has been acknowledged as the leading international conference on cancer control. Moving forward, NCSM and MyCEB are working closely to bring more delegates to Malaysia; and help create wider awareness on cancer from leaders, advocates, scientists, researchers and health experts,” she continued. Besides MyCEB, the Ministry of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development, the National Population & Family Development Board and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture are providing support in hosting of the World Cancer Congress 2018 and the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in Kuala Lumpur. “Together, 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,” according to a statement in the winning bidding document submitted to UICC by NCSM. UICC 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. 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. 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. Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia has been aggressively promoting Malaysia as the preferred destination for business and major events globally. Through MyCEB on-going efforts, Malaysia will be hosting several major conferences this year; such as the Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) World Congress 2016, Congress of Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology, Offshore Technology Conference Asia (OTC) 2016, International Congress of the International Society for Medical Shockwave Therapy (ISMST 2016) and Market Research in the Mobile World Asia-Pacific 2016. END