World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 February. It is led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), of which the National Cancer Control Programme and Irish Cancer Society are members.
To coincide with World Cancer Day the European Commission released the final text of “Europe’s Beating Cancer plan”
The much-awaited and extensive plan centres around four key areas: prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, and improving quality of life.
The hope is that decisive action at the EU level — the first of its kind since the early 1990s — can help head off a projected 24 percent increase in cancer deaths by 2035. Such a hike would make the disease the leading killer in the EU.
Stella Kyriakides, Responsibilities inclues:
• launching Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan to help improve cancer prevention and care
• exploring ways to ensure Europe has enough affordable medicines to meet its needs
• supporting the European pharmaceutical industry as an innovator and world leader
• ensuring effective implementation of EU legislation on medical devices
• supporting Member States in improving the quality and sustainability of health systems
“The Farm to Fork Strategy” is a key tool developed by the Commission in the framework of the European Green Deal and an opportunity to improve lifestyles, health and the environment, while at the same time integrating the CAP to form a comprehensive food policy. Its key goals are to reduce the environmental and climate footprint of the EU food system in all stages (from agricultural production to the consumers), ensure food security in the face of climate change and biodiversity loss, whilst furthering the reduction of chemical pesticides, fertilisers and antibiotics and boosting organic farming and aquaculture.
Recently The European Parliament Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety co-organised a public hearing.
Prof Dr. Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research gave a presentation entitled A Paradigm Shift for the Global Food System” and accepted some questions from MEP’s afterwards