4 out of 10 cancer cases are preventable by following the EU Code Against Cancer

In Ireland and in Europe about 1 in 3 people will develop cancer at some stage in their life. The great news is that due to better treatments and picking up cancer earlier, more and more people are surviving cancer.

The EU Code Against Cancer sums up the steps you can take to protect yourself against cancer, and to find cancer early:


See your doctor:

  • If you notice a lump, a sore that does not heal, a mole that changes in shape, size or colour or bleeds in unusual circumstances.
  • If you have ongoing problems, such as a cough or hoarseness, a change in bowel or bladder habit, or unexplained weight loss.

See our infographic on the 12 ways you can reduce your risk of cancer based on the European Code Against Cancer.

Date Last Reviewed: 
Friday, June 3, 2016