Commission targets Europe's major killer

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 14 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:972
  1. Rory Watson

    This week sees the European Union launch an awareness campaign against cancer. It involves an updated version of the European Code against cancer, first drafted in 1987, and the distribution to all 400000 general practitioners in the union of a booklet outlining ways of tackling the disease.

    The campaign, promoted by the social affairs commissioner, Padraig Flynn, includes 10 recommendations on how to reduce the risk of some cancers and improve the rate of cure of others; and its message is directed at a wide audience.

    A recent poll of 15000 people in the 15 European Union states by the commission's Eurobarometer service revealed that two thirds of the Dutch and just over half the …

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