The International Union Against Cancer (UICC) is devoted exclusively to all aspects of the world-wide fight against cancer. Its objectives are to advance scientific and medical knowledge in research, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer and to promote all other aspects of the campaign against cancer throughout the world. Particular emphasis is placed on professional and public education. Founded in 1933, the UICC is a non-governmental, independent association of more than 250 member organisations in about 80 countries. Members are voluntary cancer leagues and societies, cancer research and/or treatment centres, in some countries, ministries of health.