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The Commission has invited a group of cancer specialists to meet in Brussels today to advise on Community actions against cancer. The aim is to give impetus and support to the considerable efforts currently underway in the Member States in order to make the greatest possible impact. The convening of this ad hoc committee was announced by the Commission towards the end of last year, as it launched an all-out effort against cancer as a follow-up to the conclusions of the Milan and Luxembourg Summits (see IP(85)568). About one million citizens of the Community develop cancer each year and a two-pronged assault on this terrible disease is being planned based on PREVENTION AND RESEARCH. In November 1985 the Commission proposed to the Council an action programme on cancer prevention (see P-89) and previously had stated its intention to emphasise cancer research in the new medical research programme to be tabled later this year. Community actions should include an INFORMATION CAMPAIGN to focus on prevention and aimed at the public, the health professions and the various interest groups. Other matters under consideration are campaigns against smoking and other known causes of cancer; research into new methods of detection and treatment; cooperation between research centres in Europe and the training of cancer specialists; and the means of obtaining better information both for research and planning purposes. Given the importance of the problem and the magnitude of the task, it has been arranged that the experts will meet again on 19 February 1986 in Paris and a report will be prepared for the Council.