Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Exploring attitudes towards the European Code Against Cancer (ECAC)

Estimates show that up to half of all cancer burden is preventable via healthier lifestyles and preventive interventions.  The European Code Against Cancer (ECAC) is a set of evidence-based actions that individuals in the general population can take to reduce their risk of cancer.  This code is continuously being updated as scientific knowledge around behavioural risk factors for cancer increases.  

As part of the development process of the 4th edition of the European Code Against Cancer, we conducted a mixed-methods study of 234 community-based participants in London and South-East England to assess the acceptability and comprehensibility of the revised Code, and to examine whether the Code influenced the public's knowledge, attitudes, and behavioural intentions for cancer prevention.

This project was funded by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Principal investigator: Professor Jane Wardle

Contact: Dr Jo Waller (j.waller[at]ucl.ac.uk)

Collaborator: International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).