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We Are Making a Difference in Cancer Prevention and Control
ECL’s member leagues provide advice, support and other services in cancer control in 23 countries (as of 2016), to a total of 489 million European citizens.
The vision of Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) is for a Europe Free of Cancers. The role of ECL is to facilitate the collaboration between cancer leagues throughout Europe and to influence EU and pan-European policies. The mission of the Association of European Cancer Leagues is to influence and improve cancer control and cancer care in Europe through collaboration between its members in their fight against cancer, and to influence EU and pan-European policies.
The ECL Strategy has been renewed for 2014-2018: (*download here)
Goal 1 Influence cancer control policies
Maintain and strengthen ECL's position in influencing EU and pan-European cancer prevention and control policies.
Goal 2 Promote cancer prevention
Promote cancer prevention for all those living in Europe in order to reduce the incidence of cancer.
Goal 3 Encourage access to cancer screening
Enhance access to scientifically proven effective and quality controlled cancer screening programmes in accordance with EU guidelines and best international evidence.
Goal 4 Ensure access to treatment and support
Promote the rights of cancer patients by addressing inequalities and improving access to evidence-based diagnostics, treatment, follow up, and all aspects of support.
Goal 5 Support the development and implementation of national cancer control programmes and cancer registries.
Work for and support the development and implementation of national cancer control plans and programmes in all European countries.
*The detailed version of our Strategy 2014-2018 is available from the Secretariat.
Areas of Work
The major fields of activity for the member cancer leagues include cancer prevention, public information, professional education and assistance, as well as information services and rehabilitation for patients and their families and relatives, participation in, and support for, cancer research.
In 2015, we are the main organisation responsible for disseminating the European Code Against Cancer, an initiative of the European Commission to inform people about actions they can take for themselves or their families to reduce their risk of cancer.
ECL's main areas of activities are in line with current cancer priorities in the EU and expanded Europe, and with the priorities and interests of member leagues.
Please visit the various sections of this website to learn about what we do and why are are such a leader in cancer control in Europe!
Selected areas of work include the following:
As an example of our involvement at the EU level, ECL led on cancer prevention in the European Commission's European Partnership for Action Against Cancer 2011-2014, launched on 29 September 2009.
ECL is also active in the EU Health Policy Forum, as well as being a founding member of the European Commission's Health and Alcohol Forum.
From 2014, ECL is an Associated Partner in the Joint Action on Cancer Control in Dissemination.
Led by ECL Advocacy Officer Luk Joossens, we are extremely active in tobacco control in Europe and at the global level.
ECL is the permanent organiser for the European Conferences for Tobacco or Health, where the last one took place in Istanbul in 2014, hosted by the Turkish Association.
National Cancer Control Plans (NCCP):
We explore the roles of European cancer leagues in the development and implementation of NCCPs.
In the form of a discussion forum, leagues exchange information, including cervical cancer, policy, access, and pricing issues.
Patient Support Working Group:
Supporting patients, especially via the Patient Support Working Group (PSWG), is one of the most important areas of work for ECL! The PSWG is currently engaged in the following areas:
ECL organises meetings involving industry and cancer league representatives.
UV radiation and Skin Cancer:
We organise annual workshops for the exchange of experiences and best-practices in skin cancer prevention. Our actions here are supported by generous grants from Garnier International.
ECL Annual Meetings:
Each year, ECL organises a series of meetings exclusively for its members. These include themed workshops, the Annual Conference and the General Assembly. The Annual Conference is open to member leagues and invited guests. The General Assembly is restricted to ECL official focal points.
Our 2014 ECL annual meetings took place in Bratislava in October and was hosted by the League against Cancer Slovakia.