It is the vision of EuropaColon to grow new groups and support existing organisations to increase awareness of colorectal cancer and thus to improve care and support for patients. In 11 years, 40 Affiliate and Associate groups have joined EuropaColon from 31 countries. An Affiliate has a direct affiliation with EuropaColon whereas an Associate is an existing cancer patient organisation working alongside us.
Currently, we have active Affiliate groups in the following countries: Germany, Latvia, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine and Romania.
Our active Associate groups are from the following countries: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, The Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the UK.
EuropaColon’s Affiliate and Associate groups work actively to raise awareness of CRC and the implementation of formal population screening whilst also supporting patients. They also seek to influence health policies to improve standards of delivery and adoption of best practices in the treatment and care of patients in their country.
We are proud of the progress EuropaColon’s Affiliate and Associate groups have made during the last 11 years; organising patient meetings; media activities; forming political partnerships and gaining clinical support constantly galvanising the colorectal cancer community both locally and across Europe. Once a year we hold our annual meeting of our associates and affiliates to hear their successes, listen to best practise and face face any challenges together. In 2015 we will be meeting on the 6th, 7th & 8th November in Warsaw, Poland. ‘Read more about our Affiliates and Associates’.
Every year during European Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (ECCAM) in March, our Affiliate and Associate groups increase their activities to raise the profile of the disease by focusing on awareness of the symptoms and risks along with means to prevent the disease. March 2015 was no exception. Please visit our ECCAM webpage by clicking here.
Annual Affiliates and Associates Meeting 2015
The atmosphere was charged from the moment the first speaker; Professor Patrizio Giacomini began to explain the complexity inherent in treating and stopping the growth of a cancer. In the room were over 30 representatives from EuropaColon Affiliate and Associate Groups from across Europe. So started their annual meeting in Warsaw. Most of the participants arrived Thursday night and left Sunday afternoon for a full-on weekend of presentations, workshops and sharing. 18 presentations from members of the groups, head office and guests put their case and made their points with some lovely accompanying debate.
The concluding message was that there is much still to do to ensure people not only become more aware about how they can look after themselves, be screened and save their lives, but also when the times comes, to get tested and get access to the right treatment at the right time for the stage of their disease. Our concluding day was all about screening, lead by Professor Halloran. Sharing our experiences and learning the state of Europe on this essential tool that we can all benefit from in order to save our lives – that after all requires minimal effort from each of us but could save our lives.
Click below for a collection of presentations from the event.
EuropaColon Latvia: Does Talking to the Government Help?
The Power of Forum Theatre - Lets Speak!
Understanding the Needs of Patients - Zorana Stokic
Policy, Pancreas and Stomach Cancer - Geoffrey Henning