Welcome to PrEvCan – Cancer Prevention Across Europe

The ground-breaking, Europe-wide “Cancer Prevention Across Europe” campaign (PrEvCan) is aimed at reducing the burden of cancer.

The PrEvCan campaign is initiated and led by the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) with the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) as key campaign partner and the support of more than 60 other international and national organisations across Europe (see clickable map below on this page).

PrEvCan was launched at the opening of the ESMO Congress in Paris, in September 2022, marked with a special ESMO 22/EONS 15 collaborative policy session between ESMO, EONS and ECPC on 11 September, looking at the oncology workforce in the frontline for cancer prevention across Europe. The session highlighted cancer prevention from several different perspectives (cancer nursing, medical oncology and patients) as well as from the standpoint of the European union’s political agenda.

The campaign is based on the European Code Against Cancer (ECAC) which sets out 12 recommendations ranging from physical activity and dietary guidelines all the way to tobacco use and second-hand smoke.

Over a period of 12 months starting from October 2022, each month is dedicated to promoting one of these recommendations and highlighting the scientific evidence supporting it, with the dual objective of increasing awareness of how to prevent cancer among the general public and of providing healthcare professionals with a more comprehensive toolkit for communicating the importance of cancer prevention effectively.

In December, we focus on maintaining a healthy body weight.

This month’s PrEvCan campaign theme is – Take Action to be a Healthy Body Weight – and we are asking everyone to take part in the ‘Waistline Challenge‘ over the next three months.

Download lots of great tools in the Further Information column on this page, to share this message with your patients and help you to discuss life style factors without blaming or shaming. A positive approach and evidence-based information will help us all to reach our weight-loss goals!
Tell us what you are doing to reach a healthy body weight by posting your ‘Waistline Challenge’ photos or even short videos on social media: #PrEvCan #CANCERCODE @cancernurseEU

We invite you to help make a difference on these important issues by using the Toolkit resources.
All campaign resources in your own language can be found by clicking on ‘Tookit for [month]’ in the Further Information section on the right-hand side of this web page.
There are also lots of videos available to help you spread the PrEvCan messages.

You will also find reports in the Further Information column (under ‘Campaign Reports’) about the exciting PrEvCan plans already underway in Estonia, Finland and Greece, which may help inspire your own campaign actions. (Don’t forget to use the Activity Form to let us know what you are doing in your country.)

Do you want to learn more cancer prevention? Cancer Prevention Europe (CPE) provides online certified and non-certified learning modules to build capacity and support knowledge transfer on cancer prevention from leading experts in the field. EONS is Affiliate Member of CPE, and recommends these useful resources for the PrEvCan campaign partners.
Find out more.

*When promoting PrEvCan on social media, please use the campaign hashtags #PrEvCan #CANCERCODE and tag us on Twitter, @cancernurseEU.

Map – click on each country to see the logos of PrEvCan supporting partners

Download full list of PrEvCan supporting partners

Pan-European Partners
Youth Cancer Europe
International Sport and Culture Association
Coalition of healthcare
professionals against tobacco