Founded in 1933, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is the largest cancer fighting organization of its kind, with more than 400 member organizations across 120 countries dedicated to the global prevention and control of cancer. UICC is also committed to delivering the targets of the World Cancer Declaration through strategic partnerships involving members and other institutions interested in fighting cancer. HRH Princess Dina Mired is on the Presidential Advisory Board and is a World Cancer Declaration Ambassador.
Over the years, UICC has fostered the development of cancer institutions, the sharing and exchange of knowledge, the transfer of skills and technologies, and the education of professionals engaged in cancer control.
The UICC holds a World Cancer Congress every 2 years and a Summit every year in which KHCC and KHCF take part. After the event, the actions and measurements to fight cancer are debated and prioritized by world leaders and specialists before being released to the world.
In 2010, a delegation from KHCF and KHCC, led by HRH Princess Dina Mired, Director General of KHCF, participated in the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Conference in Shenzhen, the People’s Republic of China from August 18 – 21, 2010. During the conference, Princess Dina was invited to present two speeches; one at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit and another during an evening event organized by the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
During the conference, Dr. Jamal Khader, Head of Genitourinary & Lung Service and Director of Radiation Oncology Residency Program at KHCC presented a speech entitled ‘Telesynergy: Tools to bridge the cancer care gap between developed and developing countries’, while Dr. Feras Hawari, Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Director of Respiratory Therapy Service and Director of Cancer Control Office at KHCC, talked about ‘Smoking Cessation in Cancer Patients: A One Year Follow-Up of Abstinence Rates and Reasons for Failure’.
In 2012, HRH Princess Dina Mired headed a delegation from KHCF and KHCC at the UICC World Cancer Congress in Montreal, Canada from August 28-30. Princess Dina was active on a number of panels and presented several speeches during the congress where cancer control and government experts met to outline the priority actions needed to achieve the first United Nations’ goal on non-communicable diseases (NCDs); an overall reduction in premature deaths by 25% by 2025. A call was also made during the Congress to include cancer as a Millennium Development Goal in order to ensure the commitment and funds needed to curb this riding epidemic.