About EWAC

What is the European Week Against Cancer (EWAC)?

The aim of the EWAC is to spread the word about how cancer can be prevented and promote the European Code Against Cancer.

More than one third of all cancers can be prevented. Prevention also offers the most cost-effective, long-term strategy for reducing the burden of disease. For this reason, tackling major health issues such as smoking, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity is a long-term priority for the European Commission.

The European Code Against Cancer is a key tool in outlining how cancer can be prevented. Based on scientifically proven evidence, this simple list of recommendations gives citizens very clear messages on how they can prevent cancer. To view the European Code Against Cancer in full, or to download it in a range of European languages, click here.

The European Week against Cancer takes place at the end of May each year.

As part of the EWAC an official conference is organised by a member society. The Irish Cancer Society is delighted to be organising this event in 2013 in partnership with the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) and as an associated event of the Presidency of the Council of the EU.

What is the theme for this year's European Week Against Cancer?

The Irish Cancer Society has chosen the theme of Healthy Lifestyle for Cancer Prevention and Tobacco Control as the theme for the official conference for the European Week Against Cancer 2013.

These are suggestions and the Irish Cancer Society encourages countries and organisations to choose themes based on their own priorities from the European Code Against Cancer.

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