European health professionals welcome No Time to Lose campaign

Over 70 health experts in Europe applauded IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign at a leading cancer conference in Malta earlier this week (14-15 February).

The campaign, which aims to raise awareness of occupational cancer and help businesses take action by providing free practical resources, was showcased by exclusive invitation at the ‘Final Conference of the Joint Action on Comprehensive Cancer Control’.

The event was organised to coincide with the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union to share solutions from the European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control (CANCON).

Tina Lipuscek, CANCON Project Manager, said: “In 2014, we launched CANCON, a collaborative initiative co-funded by participating organisations, institutes, universities, health care providers, and the EU Commission to reduce the cancer burden in the European Union.

“Our guide aims to tackle cancer in the EU and reduce inequalities in cancer control and care that exist between Member States. The guide includes recommendations for EU governments to implement to make national cancer control plans more effective.

“We welcome initiatives which help prevent cancer. The No Time to Lose campaign is an excellent example to help businesses tackle cancers caused by work, and it was fantastic to have it displayed at our conference.”

The No Time to Lose materials were translated into 24 European languages and given out at the conference to help professionals raise awareness of work-related carcinogens in their countries.

Andrew Baldwin, IOSH Public Affairs Adviser, said: “IOSH is delighted to have exhibited the No Time to Lose campaign at the CANCON conference. Delegates from across Europe showed great interest in our translated campaign materials to help raise awareness and prevent occupational cancer.

“The support for No Time to Lose is continually growing in Europe. We have organisations such as EU-OSHA backing our campaign, as well as health and safety bodies from Ireland and Portugal in the west, through to Bulgaria and Cyprus in the east.”

For more information on the European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control, go to www.cancercontrol.eu.

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