‘Less cancer’ is one of our goals. Empowering people to make the right choices is what we stand for. Since we know that 35 to 50 percent of cancer mortality could be attributed to an unhealthy lifestyle DCS invests in informing the public about a healthy lifestyle. We offer information and several tools to support the public in realizing a healthy lifestyle.
Skin cancer is at the top of the incidence rates for cancer in the Netherlands. To stimulate people to adopt sensible sunbathing behavior the DCS has developed a web based skin type test.
In order to provide people with tailored information about their personal cancer risk, the DCS has introduced the web based Cancer Risk Assessment Test. This test is based on the Harvard ‘Your Disease Risk’ cancer modality. In collaboration with outstanding Dutch epidemiologists we have developed a Dutch version based on cancer risks of the Dutch population. To start with, people could figure out their personal risk on twelve types of cancer. The test is accompanied by advice to improve a healthy lifestyle.
Prevention is not only the responsibility of the individual, but we see an important role for the government and the parliament as well. Advocacy at national, EU and international level becomes increasingly important since regulation and legislation are playing a profound role in shaping public health policy.
Every year 20.000 persons die due to smoking in the Netherlands. At the moment 25% of the Dutch population smokes. Tobacco control is one of the key issues of the DCS. We strive for a substantial increase of non-smokers and more smoke free public places. We want to achieve this result by a combination of awareness campaigns and advocacy.
Since some years the DCS invests more in advocacy in the area of tobacco control. The Dutch government has ratified the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) but it appears to be necessary to follow up on implementing the measures. Since the last change in government (2012) tobacco control is back on the national prevention agenda. Due to lobby of the Netherlands Smokefree Alliance reimbursement of smoking cessation programs (drugs and counseling) and a total smokefree hospitality branch are re-introduced in recent years.
Next to advocacy at national level the DCS is involved in advocacy at European level as well, in particular when it comes to the Revision of the Tobacco Products Directive. At the EU-level we collaborate with the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) and the Smokefree Partnership.