Slovenia hosts meeting of the European Partnership for Action Against Cancer

The final Open Forum meeting of the European Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC) took place on 26–27 November 2013 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The meeting was organized by the Slovenian National Institute of Public Health and Ministry of Health and was attended by about 200 domestic and foreign professionals, politicians and patient representatives.

Forecasts indicate that every third European Union citizen will in future be diagnosed with cancer and every fourth will die from it. The participants agreed on the urgent need for action and focused their discussions on national cancer plans, screening and early diagnosis on the European as well as national levels.

WHO/Europe was represented by Dr Gauden Galea, Director, Noncommunicable Diseases and Life-Course, who focused on tobacco as one of the key issues related to noncommunicable diseases in general and cancer in particular.

Other speakers in the high-level plenary session included:

  • Brigita Čokl, State Secretary,  Ministry of Health of Slovenia;
  • Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, Minister of Health, Lithuania;
  • Beatrice Lorenzin, Minister of Health, Italy;
  • Tonio Borg, European Commissioner for Health (video message);
  • Alojz Peterle, Member of the European Parliament.