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Health 03-12-2018

Together we can change the future of cancer

With momentum growing for a European Cancer Plan, there is a real opportunity to make a difference for cancer patients in Europe in the next term of the European institutions, writes Deepak Khanna.
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Health 18-05-2018

Nurses can play key role in supportive care for cancer patients – let’s give them the means to do so

The role of the cancer care team in supportive care is crucial for people with cancer. In this context, empowering cancer nurses plays a central role.

Workplace cancer prevention must be extended to reprotoxic substances

Putting more than 10 years of paralysis behind it, the European Commission finally launched a revision of the directive on the prevention of occupational cancers in May 2016. Lawmakers can now address reprotoxic substances in the workplace, writes Laurent Vogel.
Health 13-02-2017

Health matters should supersede European bureaucracy

European red tape should not be an obstacle to effective healthcare. For patients with diseases like sarcoma, waiting means suffering and often avoidable death, writes Marlene Mizzi.
Health 20-12-2016

Europe must do more to stamp out lung cancer stigma

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the EU and 267,700 people die from it each year across Europe. MEPs and cancer activists call for more to be done to tackle the burden of this disease on the individuals diagnosed, their families and our society.

Agrifood 20-10-2016

The EU’s promotion of meat consumption is misguided, Mr Hogan

Ever since he took office, Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has promoted the interests of the livestock sector while ignoring health warnings and environmental concerns over meat consumption, writes Olga Kikou.
Development Policy 23-08-2016

Brexit casts doubt over Uganda development project on lung disease

The UK's vote to leave the European Union has come at a crucial moment in the development of an international medical project that throws into sharp relief the state of flux Brexit has cast over collaborative research, says Jack Barton.
Health 12-05-2016

Why do some countries block action on air pollution rather than save lives?

Air pollution causes hundreds of thousands of premature deaths each year and costs up to 9% of EU GDP. Stalling on improving air quality is both dangerous and economically foolish, writes Louise Duprez.
Health 06-05-2016

Eliminating viral hepatitis, a ‘silent killer’

The target of eliminating viral hepatitis infection by 2030 is achievable, especially in Europe. But on a global scale, new healthcare funding mechanisms are needed for the dream to become a reality, writes Pierre Van Damme.
Health 07-04-2016

The rising wave of privatisation damages healthcare in Europe

The austerity policies pursued in several European countries in the wake of the EU fiscal crisis are pushing the public health sector to the brink – and forcing more and more services into private hands, writes Jan Willem Goudriaan on World Health Day (7 April).
Health 04-04-2016

14.5 million European workers unprotected from risks of skin cancer

Revisiting European policies and legislation to meet the increasing prevalence of skin cancer in outdoor workers should become part of the European agenda, write Swen Malte John and Nikos Manaras.
Health 18-09-2015

Taking action for rare cancers

For many rare cancers patients, it can be difficult to have access to appropriate therapies and clinical expertise, due to the fact that there has been a limited number of clinical studies to find new drugs and treatments, writes Mihaela Militaru.
Health 28-05-2015

Lung cancer screening: A step in the right direction

Given lung cancer’s relative prevalence within Europe when compared to other parts of the world, European Week Against Cancer presents a timely opportunity to discuss what is being done in the fight to reduce its prevalence, writes Jean-Paul Sculier.
Catherine Castledine
Health 04-02-2015

World Cancer Day: The first day in a renewed fight to beat cancer sooner

It’s important that the fight against cancer takes place every day, and across all policies, writes Catherine Castledine on World Cancer Day, writes Catherine Castledine.
Christian Friis Bach
Health 04-02-2015

Clean the air, prevent cancer

We can do more to prevent people from getting cancer, for example by increasing efforts to reduce the amount of pollutants in the air, says Christian Friis Bach.
Health 14-11-2014

How we can win the war against lung cancer

?The European Commission must lead the charge in ensuring that lung cancer, an overlooked but deadly killer, is finally given the recognition it needs in order to effectively combat it, writes Mogens Ekelund.

Europe’s risk assessment of chemicals has gone wrong

The EU's risk assessment system for chemicals has derailed and should be reformed urgently in favour of a science-based system that takes full account of the work undertaken by the scientific community, argues Hans Muilerman.
Health 05-10-2011

Improving REACH to step up cancer battle

There are many improvements to be made before REACH can fulfil its public health promise to fight diseases such as cancer, obesity, diabetes, impaired fertility and behavioural disorders, writes Paul Whaley from the Cancer Prevention and Education Society.
Health 19-05-2010

Information to patients: as if the Internet were still a walled garden

European cancer patients continue to suffer from a lack of access to quality information and are often lured by untrustworthy sources such as counterfeit online pharmacies. The EU must urgently establish a coherent and comprehensive strategy to allow patients to make informed choices, writes Jan Geissler, director of the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC), in an April blog post.