ECL is a pan-European umbrella organisation of national and regional cancer leagues.  Since 1980, we have been providing a unique and important platform for cancer societies. From Iceland to Turkey, ECL is represented by leagues in the extended Europe.  Together, we are "making a Difference in Cancer Prevention and Control!"

ECL was present at the World Cancer Congress in Paris, Oct. 31 - Nov. 3

Read more: summary of the Congress here

More pictures on the Congress here



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ECL was strongly represented at the World Cancer Congress:

It held a Master Course on European Scholars' advocacy course: "Advocacy in action Interacting with decision-makers to keep cancer high on the policy agenda "
The advocacy areas were the following ones: Tobacco Control; Primary Prevention; Screening and Early Diagnosis; National Cancer Control Planning (especially addressing access to early diagnosis curative
treatments and palliative care); Patient Support and Empowerment

ECL Mastercourse

It shared a booth with CANCON

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David Ritchie, ECL Cancer Control Senior Officer, presented the European Code against Cancer during a E-poster session.
Luk Joossens, ECL Tobacco Control Senior Officer, presented on Tobacco Control during a E-poster session.

The Patient Support Working Group (PSWG) was present at the Patient Group Pavilion.
It also was represented at these different sessions on "Palliative Care for Adults & Children", "Return to Work: interventions for people living with cancer" 
Patient group Pavilion

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Patients session



ECL attends IARC 50th anniversary conference, 7-10 June 2016

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Spread over three days in early June, a special scientific congress was organised by IARC to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the agency. The conference was attended by over 900 participants from across the globe, who came to discuss the central theme: Global Cancer – occurrence, causes and avenues to prevention.

As theme of the conference suggests, the emphasis was strongly on prevention.Keynote lectures delivered over the course of the event focused on issues such as precision oncology and how this can be a useful approach for cancer prevention e.g. HPV-based screening; and the importance of quantifying the global burden of cancer, which from the perspective of prevention, demonstrates that removing modifiable factors (smoking, infections, obesity, diet, UV, alcohol, and low levels of physical activity) could potentially result in a reduction in the global cancer burden of 42%.

The prevention agenda was further boosted by the high-profile panel debates arranged during the plenary session. These debates included whether to support the introduction of screening for lung cancer and the role of e-cigarettes in tobacco control. In the case of the former, the plenary session were not favour of the introduction of low-dose CT screening for lung cancer, as at present several important trials on this topic have yet to report their findings. For e-cigarettes, the consensus opinion, based on the arguments presented at the debate, was that they appear to represent a barrier to effective tobacco control.
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Strasbourg, February 4th 2016

ECL joined forces with the European Society for Paediatric Oncology (SIOPE), Cancer Research UK and ECCO - The European CanCer Organisation, to raise political awareness and to mark World Cancer Day in the European Parliament, Strasbourg.

The organisations ran information stands in the European Parliament all week, speaking about the key issues that affect cancer patients today. During a Parliamentary Reception, some of the EU's recent achievements in the fight against the disease and put forward actions to beat cancer sooner in Europe. President of MEPs against Cancer, Member of European Parliament Alojz Peterle especially thanked ECL for their hard work and dedication in providing the Secretariat for the MAC group over the past number of years.



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