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Facilitating a healthy lifestyle:how to reduce cancer related lifestyle risk factors?

27-11-2020 - 15:58
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On Wednesday 2 December from 9.00 - 12.00, the BECA committee will hear from seven leading specialists in cancer prevention about the most common causes of cancer related to lifestyle such as tobacco - and alcohol use, nutrition and physical activity, and discuss prevention strategies.

Up to 40 % of all cancer cases are preventable through coordinated actions on individual, social, environmental and commercial health determinants.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle: a healthier diet, more exercise and maintaining a healthy weight - besides not smoking or quitting - are important factors to reduce the risk of cancer.

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25-11-2020 - 19:26

On 12 November, four high-level experts provided Members with in-depth information on how to support cancer research in terms of strengthening prevention, diagnosis, treatment and innovation, also with a view to achieving the new Mission on Cancer within Horizon Europe, including financial support. The hearing addressed areas where Member States alone cannot be successful, as in the case of child cancer, rare cancers or research into unknown causes of cancer, which represent 50 % of the cases.

Bartosz Arłukowicz
23-11-2020 - 16:17

Chair Bartosz Arłukowicz talks about the new Special Committee on Beating Cancer in the Monthly Highlights newsletter of the EP's Policy Department.

23-11-2020 - 15:23

Research and innovation on cancer is a high priority for the EU; however, disparities exist within and between the Member States, which leads to inequalities in outcomes, cancer research and control. Designating cancer as one of the mission areas of Horizon Europe, and putting cancer research high on the agenda of the upcoming Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan will help to address the disparities across the EU.

EC Commissioner for Health
23-11-2020 - 14:50

On 27 October, MEPs held an exchange of views with Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan. Rapporteur Véronique Trillet-Lenoir presented her working document with input from the BECA committee to influence the Beating Cancer Plan and MEPs had the opportunity to debate their priorities with the Commissioner.

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