Throughout this year's European Week Against Cancer, ECL has been busy promoting the European Code Against Cancer at every opportunity.
The European Week against Cancer Youth Competition 2017 was launched using social media such as FB, Twitter and Instagram. The topic was "My secret Weapon in the War against Cancer" and the winner this year is: Ania M. Paczek, from Poland. Congratulations!
There were several Press Releases for EWAC:
One from MEP Alojz Peterle on "Increase Prevention, Improve Access" here
Another one from the European Institute of Women's Health (EIWH) on "Start today by taking twelve steps to reduce your cancer risk!" here
To celebrate World No Tobacco Day, on May 30, there was a lunch reception and debate hosted by Linda McAvan MEP, Chair of the European Parliament Development Committee (DEVE) and jointly organised with several organisations such as Smokefree Partnership, ECL, the French Cancer League, the Dutch Cancer Society, the Foundation against Cancer Belgium, Cancer Research UK, etc.
The theme of World No Tobacco Day 2017 was “Tobacco: A threat to development” in recognition of the threat that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens. This debate aimed to raise awareness of the harm of tobacco production and consumption; to discuss the European Union’s role and contribution in development policies that can ease the burden of tobacco in developing countries. Participants were invited to reflect on the short, medium and long term measures that could be put into place in the EU in order to meet the Sustainable Development agenda, in particular SDG 3 of ensuring healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages.
There was a MAC event on "Cancer Screening in the EU", on 1 June 2017 at the European Parliament, kindly hosted by MEP Pavel Poc.
This seminar highlighted the positive achievements of the Council Recommendation 2003 in promoting quality assured organised cancer screening programmes through a presentation of and expert-led discussion on the recent report on cancer screening in the EU.
The ECL Youth Ambassadors were also active this year:
• Helena Vuckovic Youth Ambassador from Croatia organized the first version of ECL-s initiative “I CAN run against CANcer” in Zagreb, with the Croatian League Against Cancer, May 25.
• Pawel Koczkodaj Youth Ambassador from Poland promoted ECAC in Polish Central Statistical Office which employs 900 people in Warsaw and 6 000 overall in Poland. They had presentations about the Code and about publication "12 sposobów na zdrowie" (12 ways to health) which was made on the basis of the Code. After the presentations he distributed almost 400 paper version of the publication "12 sposobów na zdrowie" and website address with an electronic version, May 26. The publication aroused great interest!
• Mariami Beridze Youth Ambassador from Georgia organized during her internship at ECL a meeting with students at Université libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium, to promote the code and spread materials, May 29.
Wienke Voß Youth Ambassador from Germany will promote the code during the “Relay for Live”event (1-2 July and 15-16 July)
During the week all Youth Ambassadors promoted the cancer code on their social media. Their activities were shared on Facebook Page, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram with a #EWAC2017.