Cancer: the 11 proposals of the League for a better prevention

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We went from 1,000 cases of cancer per day in France in 2013 to 1,100 in 2017 - Video: interview with Emmanuel Ricard, prevention delegate of the League against cancer
We went from 1,000 cases of cancer per day in France in 2013 to 1,100 in 2017 – Video: interview with Emmanuel Ricard, prevention delegate of the League against cancer

For its first general meeting, the League Against Cancer proposes among other things to generalize vaccination against papillomavirus and to tax more alcohol.

"At least 40% of cancers are preventable"says Christophe Leroux, communication director of the League against cancer.In fact, nearly half of cancers are related to behavioral or environmental factors, such as tobacco, food or alcohol. spread of the disease, the League against cancer organizes the first general meeting of cancer prevention from November 21. On this occasion, it lists 11 proposals, among them: generalize vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) for girls and boys, and raise taxes on alcohol.

The HPV vaccine for girls … and boys
"We have increased from 1,000 cases of cancer per day in France in 2013 to 1,100 in 2017, even though mortality is stable thanks to treatments. It is time to call for general mobilization for prevention", warns Christophe Leroux.The League advocates in the first place to systematically offer free HPV vaccination for boys and girls from the start of college, because papillomaviruses are not only responsible for cancer of the cervix, they can also cause cancers of the anus and ENT cancers as a result of oral sex, so boys should be vaccinated in the same way as girls.

"Papillomavirus: a new, more effective vaccine is available in France" Interview with Professor Robert Cohen broadcast on September 4, 2018.

Better support research

The increase in the tax on alcohol is also essential for the League. Indeed, in France, 8% of new cancer cases recorded in 2015 were linked to regular alcohol consumption, according to the National Cancer Institute (INCa). This even in small quantities, as INCa explains: "Scientific studies show an increased risk of cancer from the average consumption of one drink per day."A data largely underestimated by the French, which place this level at 3.4 glasses per day.For this tax, the League would like to take inspiration from that in effect on cigarette packages.

The League also advocates better distribution of the research budget. According to her, 20% of the sums should be dedicated to prevention research, especially to find out more about the "cocktail effects" of certain carcinogenic substances. According to the National Cancer Institute (INCa), in France, there were 400,000 new cases of cancer and 150,000 deaths due to the disease in 2017.

"Alcohol causing many breast cancers" Topic released March 28, 2018.