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International activity

Cancer work is international, and such activity focuses on research and cooperation between various organisations. The Cancer Society carries out extensive international cooperation with a variety of organisations, research bodies and authorities.

a. Nordic Cancer Union

The Cancer Society is a member of the Nordic Cancer Union, the collaborative body for Nordic cancer organisations, which supports inter-Nordic cancer research and carries out joint anti-cancer projects.

b. Association of European Cancer Leagues

The Cancer Society is a member of the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL). ECL promotes cancer prevention by making known the European Code Against Cancer and by sharing best practices on patient counselling, support, and rehabilitation. The ECL runs a project called Access to Medicines, which aims to ensure the necessary medicines for all cancer patients.

c. Union for International Cancer Control

The Cancer Society is a member of the Union for International Cancer Control ( and particularly supports strengthening the efforts of developing countries to combat cancer.

d. Joint Action and other EU programmes

The Cancer Society is currently involved in two EU joint action programmes, the Innovative Partnership for Action Against Cancer iPAAC and the Joint Action on Rare Cancers, JARC, as well as in the research project Towards Improved Screening for Breast, Cervical and Colorectal Cancer in all of Europe, EU-TOPIA.

e. Other organisations and networks

The Cancer Society is involved in a range of other international activities in collaboration with various organisations or networks. We are a member of the Framework Convention, which supports the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and of the International Cancer Information Service Group (ICISG) (), which develops high quality cancer counselling services. In addition, the Finnish Cancer Registry carries out extensive international joint work.