Paris, France —Oct 17, 2014—European Cancer Prevention (ECP) and the European Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ESLM) have announced a partnership to advance preventive medicine and lifestyle medicine and improve education of health professionals and research worldwide in order to reduce the burden of lifestyle-related, non-communicable diseases globally. Today, lifestyle-related, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), mainly cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes represent a leading threat to human health and development. These four diseases are the world’s biggest killers, causing an estimated 35 million deaths each year – 60% of all deaths globally.
Despite their heavy burden, these diseases are preventable. Up to 80% of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes and over a third of cancers could be prevented by eliminating unhealthy lifestyle behaviors, mainly tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and the harmful use of alcohol. Unless addressed, the mortality and disease burden from these health problems will continue to increase. WHO projects that, globally, NCD deaths will increase by 17% over the next ten years.
This new alliance will take concrete steps to address the growing burden of cancer. It will encourage the linkage of members of the two organizations in each other’s organizational initiatives; allow for collaborative research, education, policy and practice development, and communications projects; promote co-sponsorship of conferences; and facilitate consultation on preventive medicine training in European medical schools.
About European Society of Lifestyle Medicine
The European Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ESLM) is Europe’s leading professional medical society dedicated to research, prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related diseases/noncommunicable diseases. ESLM represents all nations in Europe and around the Mediterranean, and is a founding member of the Global Lifestyle Medicine Alliance (GLMA). Its members are physicians and other health professionals from all specialties related to chronic disease research, prevention and treatment. Join ESLM at www.eslm.eu.
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