Occupational Skin Cancer


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Protecting Outdoor Workers in the EU:

Skin Cancer Prevention Status and Gaps


Under the Auspices of the Greek Presidency



Hosted by President of the European Parliament ret. Hans-Gert Pöttering (EPP), MEP Christel Schaldemose (S&D)
and MEP Alojz Peterle (EPP)

In Collaboration with

MEP Kriton Arsenis (S&D)

MEP Dr. Peter Liese (EPP)

MEP Michèle Rivasi (EGP)

MEP Hannu Takkula (ALDE)

MEP Charles Tannock (ECR)

MEP Eleni Theoharous (EPP)

European Parliament, 60 rue Wiertz, 1050 Brussels - enter on Luxembourg Station side


Member's Salon - Lunch with Assigned Seating


5 November 2013, 12:00 to 15:00 (registrations 11:30 to 11:45)




The 2013 Skin Cancer Awareness Day was held in Brussels, Belgium on the 5th Nov. ECL co-organised the event with Euromelanoma, EADV, European Cooperation in Science and Technology and MEPs Against Cancer (MAC) group. The aim of the event is to raise awareness of UV-induced occupational skin cancer among EU policy makers and urge for quick actions.

The programme consisted of a skin-screening activity for MEPs and a roundtable lunch meeting in the European Parliament. Honoured guests included MEP Pöttering, Schaldemose, Peterle and Arsenis, EADV President Mrs. Hercogova and ECL board member Mr. Orphanos.

Two main presentations were given by Prof Dr Swen Malte John and Prof Dr Matthias Augustin, focusing on the clinical damages and the economic costs of occupational skin cancer respectively. Both speakers stressed that both lives and money can be saved if better prevention work is done.

A lively discussion followed and various stakeholders, Mr. Vogel (European Trade Union Institute), Ms. Török (Deputy Head of László Andor’s Cabinet), Ms. O’Brien (EU OSHA), Ms. Fionda (Skcin), B Boonen (Foundation Against Cancer Belgium - ECL Member) and Ms. Del Marmol (Euromelanoma), each gave their remarks about the areas that require more work in the near future. Among these include: getting UV-induced skin cancer as an occupational disease, recognising female as a group with special needs, improving the work environment by educating employers about the potential benefits.

The event ended with a suggestion from MEP Peterle to write a letter (signed by Euromelanoma, ECL and MAC) to ministers for health in the member states and to the president of health in the European Parliament to continue addressing the issues at a higher level.





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11:30 to 11:45

Registrations (late registrants may not be able to enter the EP)



MEP Hans-Gert Poettering President of the European Parliament ret., MEP Schaldemose, MEP Peterle, Mr N Orphanos (ECL Board Member) J. Hercogova (EADV President)

Expert Presentations

Clinical aspects in worklife and prevention of occupational skin cancer -  Prof Dr Swen Malte John, Chair "EADV Taskforce on Occupational Skin Diseases" and "EU COST Action StanDerm”


Health economical aspects of occupational skin cancer - Prof Dr Matthias Augustin, Director, Institute for Health Services Research in Dermatology and Nursing, University Medical Center Hamburg



Roundtable Discussion

Moderator: Myrto-Georgia Trakatelli, Chair EADV Communications

Panelists: A Peterle MEP, A Arsenis MEP, C Schaldemose MEP, L Vogel  (European Trade Union Institute), E Török (Deputy Head of László Andor’s Cabinet), B O’Brien (EU OSHA), B Boonen (Foundation Against Cancer Belgium - ECL Member), C Fionda (Skcin), V Del Marmol (Euromelanoma),  S Malte John (EADV), M Augustin (Univ Medical Centre, Hamburg-Eppendorf)






Lunch is generously provided by EADV

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