Making a Difference in Cancer Prevention and Control
European Code Against Cancer workshop held during Cancon joint action final conference in Malta
In cooperation with the Maltese Ministry of Health and the Maltese Presidency of the European Union, on 13 February 2017, ECL organised the latest in a series of workshops for cancer leagues to share experiences of disseminating the European Code Against Cancer. The workshop was convened to coincide with the final conference of the Cancon joint action, which took place on 14 and 15 February in St Julian's bay, Malta.
The workshop was attended by close to 40 participants including numerous local delegates, representatives of cancer leagues from across Europe and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The purpose of the event was to discuss the use of the European Code Against Cancer as a tool to advocate for governmental actions that can support the prevention and early diagnosis of cancer.
Prof. Bettina Borisch (University of Geneva and World Federation of Public Health Associations) gave the keynote presentation during the workshop, which provided participants with a framework with which to discuss the issue in small working groups.
Discussions amongst attendees covered the key priority areas for cancer prevention in the respective countries, the status of national cancer plans and how the recommendations of the European Code Against cancer are addressed therein, and identifying the needs for improving the present a situation. A brief workshop report shall soon be available on the ECL website.
Prof. Bettina Borisch
Cancer leagues meet at IARC to discuss dissemination of the European Code Against Cancer
On 22 and 23 September 2016, representatives from a number of cancer leagues and societies in Europe gathered at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon to discuss the current status of dissemination of the European Code Against Cancer (ECAC). Also in attendance were representatives of national ministries of health and public health agencies, alongside the European Commission and representatives of IARC.
In addition to a country-by-country update of the current promotion activities for the ECAC, topics for discussion included a proposal for the evaluation of the impact of ECAC; cooperation with organised cancer screening programmes; and an in-depth introduction to the work of IARC, with particular attention paid to the IARC Monographs.
2nd annual Youth Ambassasdors for Cancer Prevention workshop – Brussels, 14-15 July
The 2nd annual youth ambassadors workshop for cancer prevention took place on 14 and 15 July in Brussels Belgium. 21 youth ambassadors from 18 different countries took part in this year's workshop, which focused on "new approaches for promoting health – understanding and applying the key concepts."
Ambassadors recieved a guided tour of the European Parliament, faciltated by EU40: the network for young Members fo the European Parliament, before getting down to the serious work of the workshop. Expert presentations were provided by Brigitte Boonen (Belgian Foundation Against Cancer), Damian Dylla (IOGT Poland), and Vivien Deloge & Pauline LeJaune (Génération Cobayes).
You can read the workshop report by clicking HERE.
Pilot Train the Trainer workshop – Bucharest, Romania
ECL ran the pilot "train the trainer" workshop in Bucharest on 19 & 20 April 2016 as a side event to the launch of the national cancer plan for Romania.
The purpose of the workshop was to trial a new training programme focused on broadening the dissemination of the European Code Against Cancer by inviting a broad range of professionals (i.e. those working in ministries, local and regional authorities, health professionals and civil society groups) to learn about the Code and how its messages be better spread and adopted in the population.
Over twenty professionals attended the two day training, which included a mixture presentations and interactive sessions. Presentations on the day were provided by Wienke Voss (German Cancer Society) and Miguel Pina (Portuguese Cancer League), in addition to Sarah Chadwick (Irish Cancer Society) who presented via video link.
Initial feedback from the workshop has been very positive. The evaluation of the workshop's effectiveness as a training tool will take place during the coming months, which will be complimented by smaller follow-up meetings at a local level in order to encourage the application of the learning in practice.
Read the narrative report of the pilot train the trainer workshop HERE.
Launch of ECAC public survey *** UPDATE *** Please visit the following link to read the descriptive report of the survey results: HERE.
Ahead of this year's European Week Against Cancer, ECL is launching a public survey to understand better the general public's knowledge and application of the European Code Against Cancer.
This follows on from public opinion survey conducted in late 2015, which found that 10% of respondents were familiar with the European Code Against Cancer (to read more visit HERE.
Our new survey will delve deeper by looking further at the knowledge and application of the European Code Against Cancer's recommendations in practice.
2016: ECAC Instagram account launched
To kick off the New Year, ECL has launched a new Instagram account to promote the European Code Against Cancer. You can visit the page at - https://www.instagram.com/cancercode/
The initiative to launch an Instagram account comes from our "Youth Ambassadors" group, who informed us that this platform is a quick and effective way to promote the Code with interesting and engaging visual messages.
Instagram also allows us to promote the Code through fun initiatives such as the #healthyshelfie social media campaign run by the Scottish Network for Cancer Prevention. The aim of this campaign is to promote healthy dietary choices for cancer prevention by engaging social media followers, stimulate reflection on dietary choices and encourage participation in the campaign by posting further #healthyshelfie images.
In January, the campaign focused on the dietary messages from the European Code Against Cancer:
• Eat plenty of wholegrains, pulses, vegetables and fruits,
• Limit high-calorie foods and avoid sugary drinks
• Avoid processed meat, limit red meat and foods high in salt
Find out more at https://scpnblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/healthyshelfie/.
In addition, we will also synchronise our efforts with the newly established CanCon Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/eu_cancon/) in order to jointly publicise our common interests.
Please let us know if you are interested to collaborate on social media!
Latest journal article on the European Code Against Cancer published
The paper is a useful tool for explaining why the current recommendations have been selected, and why other issues are not present in this edition of the Code.
The paper can be accessed at: http://cancer-code-europe.iarc.fr/images/doc/2_methodology.pdf. All currently published articles can be viewed at: http://cancer-code-europe.iarc.fr/index.php/en/scientific-justification
Brussels, 17 September 2015 As the European Cancer community gathered to celebrate '30 years of EU action on Cancer' the official translations of the 4th edition of the European Code Against Cancer were published online.
Now available in 23 official EU languages, the European Code Against Cancer is one of the key achievements of the EU's action on Cancer, having been first launched in 1987.
The European Code Against Cancer is an initiative of the European Commission that has been coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). It provides the public with 12 recommendations that they can follow in order to reduce their risk of cancer. Based on the best available scientific evidence, the new edition of the Code provides sound guidance that encourages everybody to take positive steps towards preventing cancer.
The translations have undergone a rigorous process to ensure that each version accurately reflects the style and tone of the original, English language version. This now means that European citizens have access to this vital cancer prevention tool in their own language.
To access the translations, and learn more about the Code, please visit:
• European Commission webpage on Cancer
• International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
• Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL)
Online survey - October-November 2015
Belfast, UK (Northern Ireland) November 12 2015
All Europe, deadline October 25
Luxembourg, September 15 2015
Brno, Czech Republic, May 30 2015
Luxembourg, April 13 2015
Brussels, December 10 2014