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Health 14-07-2021

MEPs are calling for complete elimination of cancer-causing asbestos

The European Parliament has called for the creation of a strategy to completely eliminate cancer-causing asbestos in a bid to strengthen workers' protection and reduce exposure to this common chemical.
Agrifood 04-02-2021

EU goes easy on alcohol in cancer plan

Alcoholic drinks have been treated differently to tobacco products in Europe's Beating cancer plan, as overuse, not its use, will be targeted by the Commission's initiatives.

EU cancer plan ushers in ‘new era’ for preventing, tackling cancer

Stakeholders in the health sector widely welcomed the long-awaited Europe's Beating Cancer Plan, unveiled on Wednesday (3 January), as a "new era for cancer care and cancer patients" which places the European Union at the forefront of research and innovation efforts. 

EU cancer plan to create control centre for coordinating cancer efforts

The much-awaited ‘Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan’ intends to create a knowledge centre to coordinate the scientific and technical cancer-related initiatives at the EU level, including the European health data space, according to a leaked draft of the plan.

French residents oppose housing project due to heavily polluted land plots

The French senate is set to debate an inquiry committee report on soil pollution on Wednesday (13 January) after residents of the Ormes district in the Paris Commune of Romainville opposed a housing project on a very polluted plot of land, . EURACTIV France reports.  

Expert: Europeans ‘effectively denied access’ to decisive cancer biomarkers

Biomarker testing holds the potential to revolutionise early diagnosis and prevention of cancer. But the EU has not yet managed to fully capitalise on these advances, according to health experts.
Health 04-11-2020

Driving progress in Europe’s cancer care

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With the advent of the Commission's long-awaited cancer plan rapidly approaching, now more than ever, the impetus is there for EU lawmakers to drive change in Europe's cancer care.
Health 30-09-2020

MEP Patriciello: Strengthening EU powers on health is a must, COVID has shown

Setting ambitious health targets at the European level after the COVID crisis is not only necessary but also dutiful, particularly to combat those diseases that have a negative impact on the life expectancy of citizens, centre-right wing lawmaker Aldo Patriciello told EURACTIV in an interview.
Health 30-09-2020

Building a stronger EU Health Union: where to start?

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The European Union is committed to scaling up its role on public health, at the time when well-known diseases such as cancer and obesity intertwine with new cross-border health threats. Drawing lessons from this year’s pandemic, which exposed flaws in...
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Health 11-06-2020

The economic impact of non-melanoma skin cancer on the society and the welfare system

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Despite the solid evidence that outdoor workers in various workplaces across Europe are exposed to elevated levels of UV radiation and are consequently at a significantly increased risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), this evidence has yet not been translated into a common European regulatory approach.
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Health 09-06-2020

Why we need to build online communities for patients with advanced non-melanoma skin cancer?

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With the Global Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer (NMSC) Awareness Day nearing on the 13th of June, the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) launched a NMSC Online Community-Building Toolkit.

‘This is personal’: Von der Leyen launches consultation on EU’s Cancer Plan

The President of the European Commission launched an EU-wide public consultation on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan on Tuesday (4 February), announcing an EU-wide "open health data space" in support of research, prevention and cure.

Health Commissioner unveils roadmap for EU cancer plan

The Commission will kick-off the discussion on the 'Europe's beating cancer plan' next 4 February on the occasion of the world cancer day, while the communication and action plan itself is expected towards the end of 2020, Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides announced.

Cancer fight requires optimism but also prudence, says top researcher

Any EU policy aimed at eradicating cancer must combine optimism, prudence and the realism of scientific evidence, the new boss of the EU research team on cancer, Walter Ricciardi, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Health 14-10-2019

EU cancer plan will succeed if the right priorities are identified, official says

The much-awaited EU cancer plan will first have to identify specific needs at national level, seek funding and then be closely monitored in order to be successful, a high-ranking EU official has told EURACTIV.com.
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Agrifood 11-10-2019

Germany is a ‘developing country’ when it comes to tobacco regulation, expert says

While Germany is being branded a 'developing country' in terms of tobacco regulation, experts warn that a new wave of cancer illnesses may be related to the consumption of E-cigarettes. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 25-09-2019

Investigative report: Vampires without borders

A controversial alternative medicine that treats cancer patients by making them drink their own blood was denounced in Germany years ago. But in Bulgaria, a court ruled that the treatment is scientifically sound, and children are being sent to Germany for treatment, with expenses reimbursed by the state.

Eastern Europe diversity should be considered in EU-wide cancer plan

Having a pan-European cancer control plan is crucial, but some flexibility should be granted to member states in choosing which aspect to prioritise within the framework, said Linda Gibbs from Pfizer Oncology in an interview with EURACTIV.com.

Center-right MEPs call for special EU Parliament committee on cancer

The European People’s Party (EPP), the biggest political group in the EU assembly, will ask for the creation of a special parliamentary committee to help formulate a new EU-wide plan to combat cancer. EURACTIV.com and EURACTIV.cz report from Strasbourg.

How patients’ involvement brings quality to cancer care and policymaking

Medical experts and stakeholders from patient advocacy groups are keen to point out how crucial it is to consider patients’ voice as an added value when conducting cancer clinical trials, whatever policy on cancer, national or EU-wide, will eventually be put together.

Report finds serious East-West divide in cancer handling in Europe

A new survey conducted by the Central and Eastern European Cancer Action Group (CEECAG) has found severe shortcomings in managing cancer incidents in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), whose “young brains” increasingly move to the west.
Agrifood 23-08-2019

French mayors ban glyphosate weedkiller, defying government

Some 20 French mayors have banned glyphosate from their municipalities, defying the government, which is now taking legal action to impose national legislation which allows the controversial weedkiller's continued use for now.
Agrifood 16-01-2019

France takes Roundup weed-killer off market after court ruling

French authorities on Tuesday (15 January) banned the sale of a form of controversial weed-killer Roundup following a court ruling that regulators failed to take safety concerns into account when clearing the widely used herbicide.
Health 05-12-2018

Disparities remain on how to tackle lung cancer in Europe, report says

Enhanced prevention measures, especially against tobacco and electronic cigarettes, combined with access to innovative treatments can help tackle rising lung cancer cases in Europe, a new study funded by the industry has found.