EuropaColon- España (Spain) was founded in September 2006 following the overall objectives of EuropaColon. The association is open to all people wanting to get involved in promoting the objectives of the association and all the patients and families of people with colorectal cancer.
In 2016, EuropaColon Spain has initiated a program for providing information on CRC in the senior centers. The aim of this new project was to involve the population at risk (the over 60 years olds) in the screening programs. There have been six events with about 300 participants.
The organization has participated in a national cancer patients Congress with two lectures – one given by a doctor and the other by a psychologist. The aim was to disseminate the information about our work and activities with patients in order to increase membership.
We have started our first regional delegation of EuropaColon Spain with three lectures on psychology and a round table with four oncologists. There have been over 250 participants.
Every year, EuropaColon Spain organises various activities in order to mark European Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (ECCAM) in March. In 2015, EuropaColon has actively participated in various meetings and events:
CCPC2 Poster Competition
EuropaColon - España runs a continual programme of collaboration with key influential organisations and scientific congresses for example the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology
Awareness raising campaign through literature distribution for the general public in Madrid in the form of public information points in central El Corte Inglés centers:
Total pieces of literature distributed in the centres as follows:
150 of the new booklet - Hablemos de… el cáncer colorrectal
European Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (ECCAM) 2013 ended with a huge meeting with the Colon Cancer Alliance, whom EuropaColon Spain works actively with to promote early detection of the cancer in order to improve survival rates and a better quality of life for patients
During this meeting (called “Mass screening for colorectal cancer: cost-effectiveness, treatment process and social process”), the different patient associations provided an overview of their strategies to ensure the philosophy of the necessary prevention and early diagnosis as a guarantee of quality of life and survival.
An area that was addressed was that a great amount of Spain’s population ignores the seriousness of this cancer, the cost involved and the requirement of screening programmes to prevent this disease and its progression.
In addition we observed that ignorance, mistrust and a lack of information were the main aspects in which we need to keep in our minds.
Carlos Hue was invited to participate in the event as EuropaColon Spain’s Vice President and he expressed how patients were reluctant to having a diagnosis because they were afraid of the outcome if it resulted in them finding out that they had cancer.He also said that he believed it was necessary to create informative campaigns in order to prepare the population for screening programmes.
However the patient associations showed that screening was a cost-effective practice as it was more expensive to treat the disease in advanced stages than it was in its early stages- as well as being quicker prevention to avoid suffering.
30 March 2009 - Debate about 'Prevention of Colorectal Cancer inSpain' at the Ministry of Health, with representatives of the Administration