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Advancing towards Cancer Free EU Workplaces



The European Week Against Cancer runs every year from 25 to 31 May under the leadership of the Association of European Cancer Leagues to raise awareness about cancer prevention, access to treatment and support for survivors. It concludes on 31 May on occasion of the World No Tobacco Day, which draws global attention to the preventable deaths and diseases caused by it. The slogan for 2021 is ‘Commit to quit’, as the Covid-19 pandemic has led millions of tobacco users to be willing to quit.


Every year, 3.5 million people in the EU are diagnosed with cancer, and 1.3 million die from it. However, over 40% of cancer cases are preventable. To tackle this, the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan is an initiative by the Commission that aims to reduce the cancer burden for patients, their families and health systems, addressing cancer related inequalities between and within Member States.


Cancer concerns us all in one way or another. In 2020, 2.7 million people in the European Union were diagnosed with the disease, and another 1.3 million people lost their lives to it. As ECOPNET (European Cooperation and Partnership Network), we call researchers to exchange findings between small and large Member States through the EU and to have access to crucial health data on the potential causes of cancer and promising treatments for it.


Also, the Roadmap on Carcinogens started in 2016 as a joint action programme among partners across Europe, including EU-OSHA, to combat and raise awareness on cancer-causing agents in the workplace.




Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work Highlights

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