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Paris secures World Cancer Congress

Illumination coincides with announcement that huge cancer conference will come to the city in the autumn

Pictured: Palais des Congrès de Paris lit up in orange and blue

The Palais des Congrès de Paris is set to be lit up in orange and blue to mark World Cancer Day on Thursday, 4 February. 

And that coincides with the news that the venue will welcome cancer experts from across the world for the 24th edition of the World Cancer Congress on 31 October - 3 November. 

Some 3,500 attendees from more than 110 countries will come together to share their knowledge about the latest cancer trends and meet with colleagues. The theme of this year's gathering is "Mobilise action – Inspire change".

The World Cancer Congress is held every two years and is organised by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). After meetings in China, Canada and Australia, the UICC has chosen Paris for the 2016 edition, which will be hosted by the French League Against Cancer (LNCC) and the Alliance of French-Speaking African and Mediterranean Leagues Against Cancer (ALIAM).

At the same time, on 31 October, the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild will be the site of the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit, which will bring together 250 global leaders in the heart of Paris.

The goal of the summit, a critical event in the fight against cancer, is to encourage decision-making and concrete action at the highest political levels.

A spokesperson for Viparis, which operates the two Parisian sites, said: “We are proud to host these two events of key importance to global public health.”

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