Making a Difference in Cancer Prevention and Control
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About the EPAAC Work Package on Health Promotion and Prevention:
This Work Package on Health Promotion and Prevention within the EPAAC (European Partnership for Action Against Cancer) has the overall aim of raising awareness on the importance of prevention, especially among special target groups in Europe, by disseminating the European Code Against Cancer using proven communication strategies and messages, and by engaging policy-makers at the European, national, and subnational levels.
Actions engage ECL cancer leagues and other dedicated partners in the joint effort to raise cancer prevention awareness and to reduce exposure to cancer risk factors, recognizing that “prevention offers the most cost-effective long-term strategy for the control of cancer”, and that at least 33% and as much as 40% of all cancers are preventable.
Actions also include re-launching the successful European Week Against Cancer (EWAC) which took place across Europe between 1989 and 2005. EWAC was a health promotion campaign originally organised as part of the European Commission’s Europe Against Cancer Programme. ECL coordinated the EWAC from 1999, and many ECL member leagues had been involved in the planning and implementation of the campaign from the start.
The European Weeks Against Cancer take place 25 - 31 May each year, and will have actions planned around promotion and prevention messages of the European Code Against Cancer, which has been underutlised and undercommunicated. In line with the general aims of the European Partnership for Action Against Cancer, partners should use existing tools and resources to communicate health promotiona and cancer prevention messages.
EWAC will be a vehicle for health promotion and prevention messages to be disseminated in Europe. EWAC takes place from 25 May to 31 May, to include this World No Tobacco Day. Each EWAC will be devoted to a theme, or set of themes, related to cancer prevention in Europe and linked to the European Code Against Cancer.
ECL is working with other pan-European and global partners, to maximize resources and to reach out to as many European countries, regions, and cities as possible. This Work Package is grateful to have political support from the MAC (MEPs Against Cancer) group at the European Parliament.
WP5 Advisory Council meetings take place once or twice a year, to discuss the organisation of the European Weeks Against Cancer, dissimination of the European Code Against Cancer, and to receive feedback from WP5 partners on our ongoing work.
WP5 PARTNERS IN HEALTH PROMOTION AND CANCER PREVENTION
* We are grateful to our industry partners for providing financial support to our WP5 actions in 2011 and 2012.