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.

The first month of the PrEvCan campaign (October) focuses on tobacco use and second-hand smoke. We invite you to help us make a difference on this important issue.

All campaign resources in your own language can be found here: ‘Toolkit for [month]‘ and by clicking on this in the Further Information section on the right-hand side of this web page.

You will also find a report in the Further Information column (under ‘Campaign Reports’) about the exciting plans already underway in Estonia, which may help inspire your own campaign actions.

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.
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*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
Coalition of healthcare
professionals against tobacco