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Issue 122, 30 January 2014


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By Martin Seychell, Deputy Director-General for Consumers and Health, European Commission

By Martin Seychell, Deputy Director-General for Consumers and Health, European Commission

Cancer - we hear about it almost every day on the news, at work or in discussions with family and friends. Given the incidence rates prevailing nowadays in the European Union, one in three men and one in four women could be directly affected by cancer in the first 75 years of their lives. Cancer is the second biggest cause of death after heart diseases in the European Union. Every year, it claims over one and a half million lives and changes the destiny of another 2.5 million citizens diagnosed with it. With the population ageing, the cancer death toll is set to increase even further.


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Health Programme Projects »

BENCH-CAN benchmarks comprehensive cancer care

RARECARENet - Information network on rare cancers

EU Health Prize for Journalists – Articles »

'Cancer and the healthcare system', by Inta Lase, national winner Latvia, 2012

'Protection against bowel cancer - Early recognition saves lives', by Martina Folscheid, national winner Luxembourg 2011

'Is screening a waste of cash?', by Ailbhe Jordan, second prize Ireland 2012


News from the EU 

EU drugs agency announces new Scientific Committee line-up  »

The new EMCDDA (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction) Scientific Committee starts a fresh mandate this month, with 15 high-level scientists appointed to serve for the period 2014–16.

Bisphenol A in medical devices: the Commission consults on SCENIHR assessment of risks to human health  »

The European Commission is launching a public consultation on the preliminary opinion of SCENIHR on “The safety of the use of bisphenol A in medical devices”. The consultation runs until 26 March 2014.

Bisphenol A: EFSA consults on assessment of risks to human health  »

EFSA is launching a public consultation on its draft assessment of the human health risks posed by exposure to bisphenol A (BPA). All interested parties are invited to comment on the document until 13 March 2014.

Reporting from across Europe 

Early detection programme for breast cancer introduced  [Austria]  »

Austria has introduced a nationwide breast screening programme with the aim of detecting breast cancer earlier and therefore boosting survival rates.

National anti-flu campaign raises awareness, reduces risks  [Italy]  »

A national campaign is targeting citizens to increase awareness about the risk of seasonal flu and offers preventative measures to reduce the risk of infection.

Smoking banned in bars  [Luxembourg]  »

A stricter smoking ban has made it illegal to smoke in bars since New Year's Day.

New public health agency is established  [Sweden]  »

The Public Health Agency of Sweden was established January 1, 2014 and is a merger of the Swedish National Institute of Public Health and the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control.

EU Press Releases 

Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg, welcomes agreement on the revision of EU rules on Clinical Trials  »

The revised rules will ensure that the EU remains an attractive location for clinical research – which is of vital importance for Europe's competitiveness and innovation capacity.

Forthcoming events 

World Cancer Day (4 February 2014)  »

Events taking place around the globe on World Cancer Day, 4 February, can be found on an easy online reference map.

Conference ‘Health in Europe – Making it fairer’ (Brussels, 18 March 2014)  »

This major conference addresses the issue of improving fairness and equity in health in Europe, improving access to health and combating discrimination in health.

9th European Breast Cancer Conference (Glasgow, 19-21 March)  »

The ninth edition of the European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC), open to all professionals interested in breast cancer, will be the largest Breast Cancer Conference outside the USA.

Workshop on electromagnetic fields and health effects (Athens, 28 March 2014)  »

A major workshop on electromagnetic fields and related health effects is being jointly organised by the European Commission and the Greek Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), under the auspices of the EU Council Greek Presidency.

Chronic Diseases Summit (Brussels, 3-4 April 2014)  »

This first EU summit on chronic diseases will discuss the benefits of sustainable investments in health and ways to reduce the burden of chronic diseases and to strengthen the prevention and management of chronic diseases.

Leadership course for Public Health in Europe (LEPHIE) (Brussels, 14 April-20 June 2014)  »

The Maastricht University Brussels Campus is offering the first course on European public health leadership that incorporates real problems based on European public health priorities.

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