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Pictured L-R: Fintan Hourihan of the Irish Dental Association, Ms. Lia Mills, MEP Matt Carthy, MEP Nessa Childers, MEP Sean Kelly, Dr Conor McAlister, Irish Dental Association & Kate O'Regan of the Association of European Cancer Leagues







 Meeting on ‘Oral Cancer: Dentists saving lives’ on behalf of the MEPs against Cancer (MAC) group in the European Parliament and on behalf of the Council of European Dentists (CED), took place on the 23rd of Junein the European Parliament, room ASP 7F387.

The objective of this meeting was to raise awareness of the importance of early detection and treatment of oral cancer and the role of dentists. The MAC group is an informal group of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) committed to actions against cancer. The MEPs Against Cancer work together in order to improve cancer prevention and control in Europe, in the belief that European cooperation adds value to member state actions. In order to address the challenges faced by the EU, MAC works together with the European Commission and Council and collaborate with relevant organisations to reduce cancer incidence by 15% by the year 2020.

The Council of European Dentists (CED) is the representative organisation for the dental profession in the EU, representing over 340,000 practising dentists through 32 national dental associations. Established in 1961 to advise the European Commission on matters relating to the dental profession, the CED promotes high standards of oral healthcare and effective patient safety centred and evidence based professional practice across Europe.

In the 2014 to 2019 legislature the strategic goal of the MAC group is to reduce cancer incidence by promoting prevention, reducing mortality by ensuring equitable access to high quality treatment and care, and ensuring a good quality of life for cancer patients and survivors.


Draft Agenda

Hosted by Mr Alojz Peterle MEP, President of MAC Group
Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 13.00 - 15.00
European Parliament, room ASP 7F387, Brussels

12:30 – 13:00 Registration

13:00 – 13:05 Opening remarks by Ms Lynn Boylan MEP
13:05 – 13:10 Introduction by Dr Wolfgang Doneus, CED President
13:10 – 13:30 Key-note speaker presentation by Professor Saman Warnakulasuriya, Professor of Oral Medicine and Experimental Pathology, King’s College London
Questions and answers
13:30 – 13:45 Patients’ perspective by Ms Lia Mills
13:45 – 14:05 European Union action against cancer: oral cancer, current developments, lessons learnt and future plans
Mr Martin Seychell, Deputy Director - General for Consumers and Health, DG SANTE, European Commission
Questions and answers
14:05 – 14:50 Exchange of good practices : panel discussion facilitated by Dr Hendrike van Drie, chair of CED Working Group Oral Health
1. Dr Conor McAlister, Irish Dental Association
2. Dr Francisco Rodriguez Lozano, Spanish Dental Association
3. Dr Pedro Trancoso, Portuguese Dental Association
Questions and answers
14:50 – 15:00 Closing remarks by Ms Nessa Childers MEP, Vice-President of MAC Group and Dr Wolfgang Doneus, CED President



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