Wendy Yared

About her: Dr Wendy Yared is the Director of the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL), a pan-European alliance of national and regional cancer leagues created in 1980. ECL’s member leagues provide advice, support and other services in cancer control in 23 countries (as of 2017), to a total of 489 million European citizens.  ECL’s vision is for a Europe Free of Cancers.   The mission of the European Cancer Leagues is to influence and improve cancer control and cancer care in Europe through collaboration between its members in their fight against cancer, and to influence EU and pan-European policies.  Dr Yared is a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Cancer Control, and also participates in various EU discussions and platforms related to cancer prevention and health promotion.

Dr Yared has over 25 years’ experience in public health and health policy.  Her previous professional roles include being the programme manager for regional health policy at the World Health Organization; consultant for the European Parliament; and leader on projects for the United States Public Health Service.  She has also worked for the US government in the Peace Corps in sub-Saharan Africa.  A national of Belgium and USA, her academic degrees include a Doctor of Public Health in International Health Systems from the Johns Hopkins University USA, and a Master of Public Health in Health Policy from UC Berkeley, USA.  She has authored numerous articles on public health and cancer policies

About her talk - 13 November, Session 2: "Communicating the European Code Against Cancer, including Healthy Diet:  experience at the EU and national level"

The European Code Against Cancer, developed by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is a set of 12 easy to understand messages to inform the general public of the actions they can take to reduces their risk of cancer, without any special skills or advice.  One of these important messages is to “Have a Healthy Diet” and urges the public to “eat plenty of whole grains, pulses, vegetables and fruits” to reduce their risk of cancer.  The Association of European Cancer Leagues has been lobbying to give visibility to this set of evidence-based messages at the EU level, such as with the European Parliament and as a member of the European Commission’s Diet, Physical Activity and Health Platform, and working with its member leagues to ensure that the Code is communicated as widely as possible.