MEPs Against Cancer
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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 generate 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.
Every family in Europe is touched in some way by this devastating disease. In 2008, Europe saw 3.4 million new cases, an increase of 7.4% in new cancer cases from two years before.
In 2008, there were 1,867,683 deaths, of which 55.9% were in men and 44.1% in women. The biggest killers of the 1.8 million deaths in 2006 were lung, colorectal, breast, and stomach cancers. Beside the big killers, other forms of cancer are responsible for 50% of cancer deaths.
There are wide variations in cancer rates across Europe, with lung cancer remaining the biggest killer. Bowel (colorectal) cancer is equally common (13%), but claimed a smaller proportion of deaths (11.9%). In men, lung cancer is the most common form of cancer, followed by prostate cancer. Breast cancer is by far the most common form of the disease among women, accounting for 27.4% of all cases and 17.4% of cancer deaths in women within the 27 member states of the European Union.
There are also wide variations in outcomes and significant inequalities depending on geographic location, access to best quality care or access to information within the 27 member states of the European Union . Cancer survival is significantly lower in eastern European countries, including the new Member States.
MEPs and national politicians can join to help us end unnecessary death and suffering from cancer!
“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.” - MEP Alojz Peterle, MAC President
“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:
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 November 2013: Skin Cancer Awareness Day 2013: Protecting Outdoor Workers
19 March 2013: Men's Health
19 February 2013: The Battle against Tobacco, Cancer and Heart Disease
13 September 2012: Equality for Patients with Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases in Europe.
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
(Selected photos from meetings are on our MAC Facebook page.)
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