Here you will find answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

(For more recent activities related to skin cancer, click here.


The dinner debate on UV Radiation and Cancer took place at the European Parliament in Brussels on 1 June from 18:30 to 21:00.  This ECL event was hosted by MEP Antonyia Parvanova.  This was a very lively debate with distinguished panellists speaking on the benefits and dangers of UV exposure, including natural and artificial sources:

Leigh Smith, Trustee, Melanoma Action & Support Scotland
Frank R. de Gruijl, Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands
Ralph Braun, Professor and Dermatologist, University Hospital Zürich
RTD Oliver, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Cancer St Barts & The London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London
Ad Brand, ESA Scientific Advisor, European Sunlight Association
Vincent Cogliano, Head, IARC Monographs Section, International Agency for Research on Cancer

The successful debate was moderated by Past-President Cora Honing.  The audience included Members of the European Parliament, representatives of ECL member societies, cancer- and health-related NGOs, dermatologists, oncologists, the media and policymakers.

For information on our events with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and the MEPs Against Cancer (MAC), click here.

Visit the MAC Facebook page here.



ECL actions against skin cancer are made possible by a generous unrestricted educational grant from Garnier International.

See the skin cancer prevention message in the revised European Code Against Cancer:

icon-sunAvoid too much sun, especially for children. Use sun protection.
Do not use sunbeds.


ECL's actions in the area of skin cancer include:

  • Skin Cancer Awareness Day 2015!  March 2015 TBC, with EADV.
  • Skin Cancer Awareness Day 2013!  European Parliament event on UV exposure as occupational risk, with Euromelanoma and EADV, 5 December 2013.
  • Skin Cancer Awareness Day 2012!  European Parliament event on sunbed legislations in collaboration with Euromelanoma and EADV, 4 December 2012. 
  • European Week Against Cancer 2012, Rome, 1 June, Sun Awareness: an Innovative Approach, by Prof. Cristiana Fonseca, Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro
  • European Week Against Cancer 2012, Rome, 1 June, Prevention and Early Diagnosis of Skin Cancer, by Prof Antonio Cozzio, Switzerland
  • European Week Against Cancer 2011, Brussels, 26 May, Scientific Seminar presentation on UV and Cancer Prevention, by Dr Günther Hofbauer, Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Zurich
  • UV Radiation and Cancer debate at the European Parliament in June 2010
  • Skin Cancer session (details and download presentations here) at the UICC World Cancer Congress, August 2008
  • "Melanoma: Prevention and Early Diagnosis" Parliamentary event, 3 June 2008.
  • ECL Workshop on "Sun Safety Media Campaigns: What Works", 3 June 2008.
  • ECL Sun Safety Recommendations
  • ECL Workshop on "Being Sunsmart in Europe: Roundtable on Recommendations" 4 May 2007


Some of ECL's actions on skin cancer are funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Garnier International.    

IMPORTANT NOTE:  ECL has a strict policy where none of ECL's financial contributors has any involvement or say in our plans or actions and all funding requests are initiated by ECL! 


Employment and financial issues for cancer patients is a subtheme for our Patient Support Working Group. We would welcome your comments, in particular on your own experiences in the workplace.

Resources (others on our PSWG pages):

  • Protecting Cancer Patients at Work (ECL)

ECL developed a leaflet on "European Framework on Protecting Cancer Patients at Work".

  • When an Employee Develops Cancer - A Handbook (Danish Cancer Society)

A handbook entitled "When an Employee Develops Cancer" was developed by the Danish Cancer Society for managers and Human Resources personnel.

  • European Parliament Report

A study was commissioned by the European Parliament's Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL), entitled "Cancer and in general long-term illnesses at workplaces". Published in September 2008, "The aim of the study was to gain an understanding of the barriers faced by workers with long-term illnesses or with cancer in order to be (re-)integrated at the workplace and/or to regain social inclusion. The different approaches and legislations applied across Member States are analysed against the level and duration of sick workers' social protection, in particular by addressing workers' wages and standards of living during and after sick leave. The study also aimed at raising the awareness of breast cancer patients during the 'breast cancer month October'."

The European Commission launched the European Partnership for Action Against Cancer on 29 September.

The press release, speeches and videos from the launch are available on the Partnership's website.

ECL is a key contributor to the European Commission process in the development of an EU Partnership for Action Against Cancer, participating in the first brainstorming workshop and in the recent meeting exploring the structure, actions and areas of the Partnership:

  1. Prevention;
  2. Identification and dissemination of good practice in healthcare;
  3. Cancer research;
  4. Health information and data
ECL looks forward to collaborating with other key stakeholders in a balanced and constructive forum to advance its efforts in cancer control in Europe.

Source: UICC

The World Cancer Declaration 2008 is a tool to help cancer advocates bring the growing cancer crisis to the attention of health policymakers at national, regional and global levels.

It represents a consensus between foundations, national and international non-governmental and governmental organizations, professional bodies, the private sector, academia and civil society from all continents that are committed to the vision of eliminating cancer as a major threat for future generations.

Click here for the World Cancer Declaration.


World Cancer Day is held every year on February 4

More info here :

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