European Cancer community united on World Cancer Day10 February 2016
From 1st to 5th of February, the Brussels cancer community – Cancer Research UK, the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL), the European Society for Paediatric Oncology (SIOPE) and ECCO (The European CanCer Organisation) – joined efforts to raise awareness on the needs of cancer patients during the plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, to mark World Cancer Day (4th of February).
Cancer remains the second cause of death in Europe and the ageing society phenomenon means mortality rates are likely to continue increasing. The organisations stressed the need for political commitment to place cancer patients first when designing policies and to take comprehensive action from disease prevention to treatment and rehabilitation. They outlined the utmost importance of cooperation between policy-makers and stakeholders to achieve these goals.
MEP Glenis Willmott joined the cancer community in these efforts by hosting an event on the 4th, during which she gave an overview of the recent achievements at EU level in the fight against cancer and highlighted the actions that need to be implemented to enhance the eradication of the disease in Europe.
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