Cancer is the most important cause of death and morbidity in Europe after cardiovascular diseases. Cancer is in many cases avoidable, and early detection increases the chance of cure substantially. WHO/Europe assists countries to develop national programmes for cancer control. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is the WHO body that specializes in this field. It coordinates and conducts research on causes and develops scientific strategies for cancer prevention and control.

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Chief Nurse of Anaesthesiology Department Maria Kapritsou – improving cancer patients’ experience

"I have learned that a relationship with a patient can be formed by simply making eye contact. I have seen many battles against cancer being fought and rejoiced at the greatest wins. I have also cried with my patients and comforted families who experienced a terrible loss."

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International Agency for Research on Cancer

Agency to promote international collaboration in cancer research

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The percentage of deaths caused by cancer in the European Region

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