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Preventing cancer in the EU through legislation, education and taxation

20th Oct 2015

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Published: 29.10.15
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John Ryan - Health and Food Safety Directorate General, European Commission

John Ryan talks to ecancertv at the War On Cancer Meeting about European action on cancer, especially where prevention is concerned.

He argues that this is particularly important when we consider that one three cancers is preventable, with a focus on smoking and the significant impact it has.

He notes that only 3 percent of healthcare budgets is spent on prevention. Although EU member states make their own legislation regarding taxes, member states have signed up to the International Convention on Tobacco Control so should be making concerted efforts to prevent people from smoking. This has already been seen through the banning of advertising cigarettes and smoking in the workplace, but efforts need to continue.

He also explains the need for better screening programmes.


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Founding partners

European Cancer Organisation European Institute of Oncology

Founding Charities

Foundazione Umberto Veronesi Fondazione IEO Swiss Bridge

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ecancer Global Foundation