European Cancer Organisation

NEWS: European Week Against Cancer – 12 actions for prevention

The European CanCer Organisation (ECCO) supports the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL)’s European Week Against Cancer (25-31 May 2017), a significant yearly campaign which aims to engage policymakers, professionals and citizens in cancer prevention.

This week is an opportunity to emphasise to all audiences the importance of individuals taking proactive measures to reduce the risk of cancer. The European Code Against Cancer gives prominence to such actions as:

  1. Not smoking
  2. Keeping home and work environments smoke free
  3. Maintaining a healthy body weight
  4. Keeping physically active
  5. Having a healthy diet
  6. Limiting alcohol intake
  7. Protecting one’s self from too much sun exposure
  8. Following health and safety instructions in the workplace closely
  9. Reducing exposure to radon
  10.  Limiting use of Hormone Replacement Treatment
  11.  Ensuring children take part in Hepatitis B and HPV vaccination programmes
  12.  Taking part in screening programmes

Commenting on the European Week Against Cancer, ECCO President Peter Naredi said:

“Every one of us has a responsibility to not only protect our own health from cancer risk, but also to promote the simple concepts contained in the European Code Against Cancer amongst our families and friends. Awareness is key, and for this reason the European Week Against Cancer is a powerful stimulus to each of us to actively participate in actions against cancer".

A policy and advocacy priority for ECCO in 2017 is the promotion of integrated care for cancer, and a part of that includes maximising prevention roles of healthcare professionals in both primary and secondary care sectors. 

About ECCO

Through its 25 Member Societies - representing over 170 000 professionals - ECCO is the only multidisciplinary organisation that connects and responds to all stakeholders in oncology Europe-wide.

ECCO is a not-for-profit federation that exists to uphold the right of all European cancer patients to the best possible treatment and care, promoting interaction between all organisations involved in cancer at European level.



Agnese Abolina

Communication and Marketing Coordinator

ECCO – European Cancer Organisation

Tel +32 2 775 02 14

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