Joint letter — Alcohol consumption is a major preventable risk factor for cancer

In December 2021, the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA) adopted its INI report on how to strengthen the EU’s role in fighting cancer. Ahead of the upcoming European Parliament plenary session, where the final report will be voted on, a joint letter has been sent to Members of the European Parliament where a diverse coalition of associations, including the European Public Health Alliance, calls upon the protection of Paragraph 15, 16, and 44 of the BECA report.

In this report, the Committee advocates for a stronger EU commitment to implement policies that effectively tackle the sources and social determinants of cancer, therefore emphasising cancer prevention. Notably, the report promotes measures against alcohol consumption, a major preventable risk factor for cancer which in 2020 accounted for an estimated 181,000 cases within Europe alone. While lower or moderate intake present less risk, no amount of alcohol is good for our health.

The debate on the report Strengthening Europe in the fight against cancer is scheduled for Tuesday, 15 February and the final vote on this series of recommendations will take place the following day, 16 February.

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