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To mark the start of the European Week Against Cancer 2020, the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) and the European Cancer Leagues (ECL) have teamed up to launch an infographic telling the story behind environmental cancer prevention.

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The infographic is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, and has been launched alongside a set of supporting social media fact cards. The materials illustrate how pollutants in our environment increase cancer risk – and how tackling these pollutants is a big public health opportunity.

Cancer causes 1 in 4 deaths in the European Union and is the first cause of death at work in the EU. Frequent exposure to some cancer-causing chemical substances at work and during our daily lives, such as pesticides, endocrine disrupting chemicals and air pollution, poses serious health risks.

Many EU policies around the European Green Deal will provide an opportunity to prevent cancer – starting with the Beating Cancer Plan as well as the Farm to Fork Strategy, the Chemicals Strategy and the Common Agricultural Policy.

The European Week Against Cancer takes place between 25 and 31 May each year. During this week, cancer charities, European policy-makers and civil societies have the opportunity to engage in various activities to raise awareness about cancer prevention, access to treatment and support for patients and cancer survivors.

Europa kann Krebs vorbeugen, indem es Umweltschadstoffe verringert – Eine Chance für die öffentliche Gesundheit

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L’Europe peut prévenir des cancers en s’attaquant aux polluants environnementaux – Une opportunité pour la santé publique

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Europa puede prevenir el cáncer abordando la contaminación ambiental – Una oportunidad de salud pública

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L’Europa può prevenire il cancro affrontando gli inquinanti ambientali – Un’opportunità per la salute pubblica

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A Europa pode prevenir o cancro combatendo os poluentes ambientais – Uma oportunidade em matéria de saúde pública

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Notes:

  • The infographic and social media cards are available for download in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
  • On 4 February 2020, the European Commission launched an its Europe’s Beating Cancer plan. Find out more about the Cancer Leagues’ understanding of cancer policy and what is required to reverse the increase in cancer rates from ECL’s position paper, or download HEAL’s response to the consultation of the Beating Cancer roadmap.

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is the leading not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects human health in the European Union (EU) and beyond. HEAL works to shape laws and policies that promote planetary and human health and protect those most affected by pollution, and raise awareness on the benefits of environmental action for health.

The Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) is a non-profit, pan-European umbrella organisation of national and regional cancer societies. Located in Brussels, ECL provides an exclusive platform for members to collaborate with their international peers, primarily in the areas of cancer prevention, tobacco control, access to medicines and patient support, and creates opportunities to advocate for these issues at the EU level.