World Cancer Day 2015: Press Release

    EONS Press Release

    ‘Not beyond us’, World Cancer Day 2015

    World Cancer day on February 4th 2015 was a timely reminder of why patients and practitioners need their professional societies, why those societies do what they do and how they can achieve incredible things by working together.

    Taking place under the tagline ‘Not beyond us’, World Cancer Day 2015 took a positive, proactive and united approach to the fight against cancer, highlighting that solutions do exist across the continuum of cancer, and that they are within our reach.

    The history of World Cancer Day stretches back to 1999 when a group of clinicians met in Paris to discuss the challenges that those living with cancer faced, what needed to be done to improve access to care, improve the quality of the cancer pathway and to ensure that patient advocacy groups had a voice. That initial meeting sparked something powerful; it led to the creation of World Cancer Day. The Day has since become a globally-recognised annual event that engages all the major stakeholders; both national and international. Since those early days a lot has changed in cancer care (much of it for the good) yet most healthcare professionals and individuals affected by cancer would agree that we still have a long way to go.

    The European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) took part in World Cancer Day by releasing a joint statement with global cancer nursing partners (found here on The statement recognises the value and contribution of properly educated cancer nurses in providing high quality cancer care. It declares, in a united voice, that cancer nursing does not simply have an essential and active role in healthcare but also in policymaking by informing and influencing across all aspects of the political system. EONS, as Europe’s largest cancer nursing organisation, is perfectly placed to provide not simply the voice of European cancer nurses but to also offer expert, unbiased, scientifically-sound, clinical advice to the political leadership at the European Parliament & European Commission as well as to those across the wider European community.

    EONS has just celebrated its 30th year anniversary and like World Cancer Day recognises not only what has been achieved but what still remains to be done.

    About EONS

    The European Oncology Nursing Society is a pan-European organisation founded in 1984 and registered as an independent charity. Its activities aim to promote a healthier future for people affected by cancer, ensuring that they will benefit from the care of well educated, perceptive and proficient cancer nurses. EONS represents the voice of more than 23,000 cancer nurses.

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    This press release was issued by EONS in February 2015.