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Parliamentary questions
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6 April 2018
E-002024-18
Question for written answer E-002024-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Alain Cadec (PPE)

 Subject:  Promoting the European Code Against Cancer
 Answer in writing 

Combatting cancer is a major public health issue. In fact, cancer is the second highest cause of death worldwide.

The European Commission adopted the first version of the European Code Against Cancer in 1987. This document was revised in 2014 and now includes 12 recommendations. It is estimated that by following these 12 recommendations, an individual would reduce their risk of developing cancer during their lifetime by 50%.

However, it appears that after 30 years in existence, the public is not sufficiently aware of the European Code Against Cancer. A study published in 2017 revealed that only 13% of people questioned in eight European countries had heard of the European Code Against Cancer.

1. Does the Commission intend to implement actions or measures to promote the European Code Against Cancer more widely in every Member State?

2. For example, could the Commission encourage Member States to include this code in their national programmes for combatting cancer?

Original language of question: FR 
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