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OFFICIAL CONFERENCE for the European Week Against Cancer 29-30 May, Dublin.  Learn about the best international evidence and public policies on reducing the risk of cancer.  ♥

Here are some highlights from this year’s highly successful European Week Against Cancer Conferences held in partnership with the Irish Cancer Society in the Aviva Stadium Dublin on May 29-30, 2013. Full reports and most presentations will be available on the Irish Cancer Society website soon.

The conference was an associated event of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU and was attended by the Irish Minister for Health Dr. James Reilly. The two day conference brought together the best international evidence to inform public policies that can reduce the risk of cancer.

The first day concentrated on Healthy Lifestyles for Cancer Prevention covering obesity, nutrition and alcohol and cancer. With the news of Minister of Health James Reilly’s announcement that standardised packaging would be introduced in to Ireland still fresh in our minds, the second day was devoted to tobacco control in the European Union. Minister Reilly received two standing ovations from participants and opened the proceedings. Leading tobacco control advocates such as ECL’s Luk Joossens and Smoke-Free Partnership’s Florence Bertelletti-Kemp took the floor with the focus on proposed Tobacco Products Directive. The Minister’s speech is available online here:

Minister_Reilly_with_standard_packs  Minister Reilly with standard package


You will find below various press releases on the event:

De Standaard Belgium  

EIWH Women Drinking and Smoking


Article from Paola Testori Coggi, Director General of the European Commission's Health and Consumers DG TheParliament.com1

Article from Alojz Peterle, chair of European Parliament 's MEPs against Cancer group TheParliament.com2



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   EUROPEAN FLASHMOBS AGAINST CANCER In the spirit of the European Week Against Cancer, we organised flashmob events in major European cities, to encourage youth involvement in spreading the message that cancer IS PREVENTABLE, via the dissemination of the European Code against Cancer (

Flashmob 2013, in Brussels place de l'Albertine, May 25.





Frequently Asked Questions

1.  When does the European Week Against Cancer (EWAC) take place?

EWAC takes place 25-31 May each year.  The aim is to spread the word about how we can prevent cancer as provided in the European Code Against Cancer.  These days are fixed so the "week" can start on any day of a week.  These dates are intentional to cover World No Tobacco Day on 31 May each year to give attention to tobacco control as an important issue in fighting cancer.

2. What is the theme for this year's European Week Against Cancer?

While the Official Conference organisers have chosen the themes of Healthy Lifestyle and Tobacco Control, these are suggestions and we encourage countries and organisations to choose themes based on their own priorities from the European Code Against Cancer.

3. Who is responsible for the European Week Against Cancer?

ECL (Association of European Cancer Leagues) is coordinating the events for EWAC as part of its activities committed to the European Partnership for Action Against Cancer 2011-2014, which is why the Official Conferences are being organised by ECL member societies. This is an extension of actions from the previous Europe Against Cancer programme, where cancer societies around Europe took the lead on organising EWACs. 

4.  Can I organise an EWAC event using the EWAC logo?

All are encouraged to organise events during or near the European Week Against Cancer.  While we encourage the focus to be on one of the European Code Against Cancer themes (primary and secondary prevention), any cancer control theme would also be welcome (research, treatment, etc.).  To have permission to use the official EWAC logo, requests should be made to ECL with the agenda and scope and purpose of the events, to ensure there is no duplication of efforts, clash of dates or interests.  We would be happy to announce your event on our and the EPAAC website.

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 The Association of European Cancer Leagues implements activities which receive financial support from the European Commission under an Operating Grant from the European Union's Health Programme (2014-2020). The views expressed on our website and reports do not necessarily reflect the official views of the EU institutions.
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