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World Cancer Day 2021: preventing cancer risks at work


Every 4th of February, World Cancer Day brings worldwide attention to cancer and its prevention, diagnosis and treatment, recognising the commitment of organisations, communities and individuals to reducing the global impact of the disease.

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly affected cancer patients due to postponed screening, delays and modifications to treatments. Within this context, the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan represents an opportunity to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on cancer care and support, marking another step towards a strong European Health Union and a more secure, better-prepared and more resilient EU.

Work-related cancer remains one of the biggest health problems that workplaces across Europe face. According to the Roadmap on Carcinogens more than half of the work-related deaths in the EU are associated with exposure to cancer-causing agents in the workplace.

The partners of the roadmap presented a new strategy 2020-2024 at the German EU Presidency conference ‘STOP cancer in the workplace’, which was held in November 2020. The goals of the strategy include the provision of help to businesses and workers in preventing exposure to carcinogens at work and minimising their effects on the workforce.

Discover the Roadmap on Carcinogens and EU-OSHA’s action on work-related cancer

Check out the Workers’ exposure survey on cancer risk factors in Europe

Learn more about the adoption of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan 

Join #WorldCancerDay  and the #IAmAndIWill campaign 

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World Cancer Day 2021: preventing cancer risks at work
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