An article written by MS Tatjana Reic, the President of the European Liver Patients’ Association (ELPA), was published in the The Parliament, the European Parliament magazine. The article entitled „Cancer: an avoidable fate“ was published on the occasion of marking the European Week Against Cancer (EWAC), which is marked every year 25th – 31st May. Except for the aforementioned article, ELPA also organized a liver cancer discussion event in the European Parliament as a part of EWAC programme. The discussion entitled „Liver cancer: an avoidable fate“ was aimed at drawing the attention of key policy makers to the possibility of prevention of primary liver cancer by timely diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis. The discussion took place on 30th May, 12:30 -14:00 in the European Parliament, hosted by Tatjana Reic and MEP Alojz Peterle.
The article published in The Parliament is aimed at raising awareness of the possibilities of prevention and successful treatment of infectious diseases which can cause cancer. Results of a study recently published in the Lancet, estimate that one in six cancer cases are due to infectious diseases, most of which are preventable or treatable. The article calls for prevention of cancer by vaccination against HPV and hepatitis B. However, vaccination alone would not be enough to control cancer, because a large number of people are already infected with diseases such as hepatitis B and completely unaware of their status. Therefore, the article aslo calls for testing of individuals who belong to risk groups. ELPA demands that a “commandment” stating that people at risk need to get tested against viral hepatitis B and C be included in the European Code against Cancer.
The complete article can be read in the online edition of The Parliament on page 20:
The article “Prevention over cure” written by MEP Alojz Peterle can also be read in the online edition of The Parliament , on page 19.