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The MEPs Against Cancer (MAC) group is an informal group of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) at the European Parliament committed to actions against cancer.



Selected statements in support of the MAC Election Manifesto:


Alojz Peterle, MEP and MAC President

Alojz Peterle MAC President EPP

We politicians are privileged in being able to support EU citizens and patients, in particular in their fight against cancer. But it needs political will. We MEPs can help build that political will. Please join us in our fight against cancer.


Pavel Poc, MEP and MAC Ambassador for Colorectal Cancer

Pavel Poc MEP photo

Every year, more than 150 000 EU citizens die because of colorectal cancer. That is about one Titanic catastrophe every three days. But many of these deaths could be prevented as we have convincing evidence that screening for colorectal cancer is highly effective. We need to do more in addressing inequalities between and within Member States when fighting colorectal and other types of cancer. Additionaly, effective screening programmes can also economicaly help our healthcare systems.


Linda McAvan, MEP

Linda McAvan 2

I am pleased to support the MEPs Against Cancer manifesto, which calls for a range of important initiatives to improve cancer prevention in the coming years. I have recently focused my efforts on tobacco control, and have appreciated the support and cooperation of the MEPs Against Cancer group in this regard. The new EU law we have chieved will reduce the number of young people starting to smoke, and help tackle this terrible and preventable cause of cancer. More broadly I endorse the message of MEPs Against Cancer that European cooperation can enhance national initiatives so that we can fight all forms of cancer together.  


Ivo Belet, MEP


Cancer is one of Europe's biggest killers. We should fully exploit the huge benefits of scale which lie in research coordination at European level and cross-border cooperation in treatment, especially of rare cancers. We need a full fledged European Cancer Strategy to achieve the 15% incidence reduction target in 2020.


Pat the Cope Gallagher, MEP

Pat the Cope Gallagher

I fully support the EU's goal to reduce cancer rates across Europe by 15% by the year 2020. Such targets are a necessary incentive to reduce the prevalence of preventable forms of cancer. I am in favour of increasing EU investment in this area in order to reach the 2020 targets and to ensure that fewer Europeans suffer from cancer in future generations.


Bart Staes, MEP

Bart Staes 

Ik steun van harte dit verkiezingsmanifest en bij herkiezing zal ik verder blijven voor ijveren dat het ook wordt uitgevoerd. (I wholeheartedly support this Manifesto and to re-election. I will continue the work to ensure that it is implemented.)

Petra De Sutter

Petra Candidate

As a candidate for the European elections (2nd place Groen, Belgium) and as a physician I of course fully endorse your program for a better prevention and treatment of cancer by European collaboration.



MAC is an all-party informal group of Members of the European Parliament  (MEPs) committed to promoting action on cancer as an EU priority and harnessing European health policy to that end.

Through quarterly roundtable discussions between  MEPs, other policy makers and invited guests, the group aims to strengthen the political will needed to fight cancer in Europe.

The MAC Secretariat is provided by ECL.


The Facts Speak for Themselves

Cancer is not one disease but over 200 different  types of disease, ranging from the well-known big cancer killers to rarer conditions such as multiple myeloma and chronic myeloid leukaemia. One in three Europeans is diagnosed with cancer, and the disease kills one in four people.

The burden of cancer in Europe continues to increase. The strain is tremendous and immeasurable on patients, families, and societies.

In 2012, there was an estimated 3.4 million new cases (excluding non-melanoma skin), and 1.8 million cancer deaths in Europe. Both genders were affected almost equally: of the 3,439,598 new cancer cases diagnosed in 2012, 53.2% were among men and 46.8% among women. There were 1,754,550 cancer deaths, of which 55.9% were in men and 44.1% in women. The biggest killers of the 1.8 million deaths in 2012 were lung, colorectal, breast, and stomach cancers.

Results from the EUROCARE-5 study launched at a MAC roundtable show that the number of adults surviving for at least 5 years after diagnosis has risen steadily over time in all European regions  from 1999 to 2007, but cancer survival still varies widely between European countries.  Countries with lowest survival for most cancers (Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Slovakia) are in Eastern Europe. Here, survival is below the European mean, particularly for good prognosis cancers like colon, rectum, lymphomas, and skin melanoma.  

Nordic countries (with the exception of Denmark), central European countries such as Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Netherlands, and some countries in southern Europe (Italy, Portugal, and Spain), have the best survival for most cancers. Childhood cancer remains a public health issue. Survival at 5 years from diagnosis for children (0-14 years) for all cancers combined is generally good, with 79% now surviving (2005–2007), up from 76% in 1999–2001. However, no progress has been achieved for paediatric malignancies with the poorest prognosis.


MEPs and national politicians can join to help us end unnecessary death and suffering from cancer!


“By working together as politicians we can help to bring tangible improvements to people's lives. 1 in 3 people are destined to get cancer at today's rates. By focusing on prevention we can work together to decrease this number for ourselves, and for future generations." - MEP Dagmar Roth-Behrendt, MAC Vice-President



''Today all of us fear cancer will affect ourselves, or one of our family members. We know one in three Europeans are diagnosed with a form of cancer. Yet many cancers can be prevented. Much depends on how well we are informed about prevention measures and if we are willing to change our lifestyle. MEPs have a special responsibility to raise awareness and fight for cancer prevention measures.'' - MEP Nessa Childers, MAC Vice-President


And introducing MAC's newest Vice-President, MEP Michèle Rivasi:



"Prevention is the most cost-effective long term strategy. it is essential that we roll out the European Code Against Cancer across all member states and work together to encourage and support people to  adhere to it. We MEPs can set an example and provide leadership in our own”. - MEP Liz Lynne, Former MEP MAC Vice-President



Other key and regular MAC MEPS include: 

Pavel Poc (S&D)

Christel Schaldemose (S&D)

Claudette Abela Baldacchino (S&D) 

The full list of supporting MEPs is available here 

JOIN US and be among the MEPs making a difference in cancer control!

Are you an MEP and would like to be the ambassador for a specific theme or would like to host a cancer-related relate with our support, or would like further information about the MEPs Against Cancer group?  We are also looking to build MP groups at the national level!  Please contact us at the below:

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Photos from some of our events are on our  facebook page.


MAC Events


November 2014:  Obesity and Cancer - To Be Confirmed

October 2014:  Conference for Cancer Control "CanCon" (EU Joint Action 2014-2017) - To Be Confirmed

11 February 2014: Supporting Rare Cancers in Europe



5 December 2013: Cancer Survival in Europe: results of EUROCARE-5—a population-based study

5 November 2013: Skin Cancer Awareness Day 2013: Protecting Outdoor Workers

15 Oct 2013: Advanced Therapy for Medicinal Products (ATMP) Legislation

13 May 2013: MEPs Against Cancer Visit to the Immunotherapy Platform of Gasthuisberg Hospital in Leuven, Belgium

19 March 2013: Men's Health

19 February 2013: The Battle against Tobacco, Cancer and Heart Disease



4 December 2012:  Sunbed Use and Skin Cancer Prevention: Status, Gaps, and Calls for Action

13 September 2012: Equality for Patients with Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases in Europe.

27 March 2012: Cancer and the Contribution of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

24 January 2012:  Cancer and Ageing



29 November 2011: European Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC):  next steps

7 December 2010: Alcohol and Cancer: Research Evidence and Policy Implications



29 September 2010:  Strengthening Ties between National Governments, the European Parliament and the European Commission 

 (Selected photos from meetings are on our MAC Facebook page.)




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