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PRESS RELEASE - Launch of European Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month March 2018

Published on 23 February 2018 back to previous

March 2018

Immediate Release

The equivalent of twelve bus loads of people die each day from colorectal cancer in Europe!

Every year in Europe around 470,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, half of whom are likely to die. Whilst the disease is predominantly one of the over 50 ‘s a frightening increase is being seen in those under 50 being diagnosed across Europe

March is European Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (ECCAM). Launched in 2008 by EuropaColon in the European Parliament in Brussels the meeting has become an annual event to kick start a month of intensive campaigning across Europe.

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in Europe ..... yet it is a cancer that is preventable and highly treatable!

In the 10 years since ECCAM was first launched an extraordinary amount has been achieved. However this year EuropaColon asks the question....” has enough been done to change the situation Europe?There is still a long way to go, particularly in implementing colorectal cancer screening across the European Union.

EuropaColon says It is #Time4Change.

In 2017 EuropaColon launched a survey on the Unmet Needs of Patients Living with Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (mCRC) and is the first time a survey of this kind has been commissioned for colorectal cancer. The goal being to recruit 1,000 patients from across 12 Eruopean countries! To date over 700 surveys have already been completed. Early results indicate clearly that there is still an overwhelming need for the implementation of formal colorectal cancer population screening programs for early diagnosis and prevention!!

“Not enough progress is being made towards implanting a system of colorectal cancer across the European Union.” is the damming view of Dr Alfred Sant MEP during the launch of #ECCAM 2018 Dr Sant adds “the goal should be that for all citizens in all EU Member States easy and affordable screening for colorectal cancer is made available!”


Early screening saves lives. Many in Europe have no access to it. It is #Time4Change #ECCAM

Together we can do more to reduce the number of deaths from Colorectal Cancer

Visit to download the ECCAM logo; Facebook and Twitter header images. ACT NOW and download the ‘I am supporting #ECCAM18 because...poster......add a personal message and photo and share on social media using the hashtags #ECCAM18 and #Time4Change.


For more information contact:
Jolanta Gore-Booth at


EuropaColon is the voice of colorectal cancer patients in Europe. Its aim is to save lives by bringing together all key stakeholders in the fight against this cancer which is highly treatable if diagnosed early.

The Organisation is made up of Affiliate and Associate groups working together to prioritise and raise the profile of digestive cancers in Europe. It has a presence in 32 European countries with over 40 member groups

The Organisation and its members campaign for prevention, early diagnosis of colorectal cancer. Formal Population Screening programmes and conformity to EU guidance and policies in Europe.

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