General Secretary for Public Health Irene Agapidaki addressed the Economist conference “Greece’s Agenda to Combat Cancer’ held in Athens on Tuesday, outlining the national strategy for public health in Greece.
She said that the public health system was largely “absent from our country, only its beginnings exist,” while noting the work underway for a “cohesive and comprehensive framework” in collaboration with the World Health Organisation.
Agapidaki referred to existing programmes for cancer prevention and early screening, as well as upcoming screening programmes for colon cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
The conference was also addressed by Medical Oncology professor Amanda Psyrri talking about the new EU recommendations for early screening, practicing oncologist Ilias Athanassiadis, who said all countries were lagging relative to the targets for prevention, the founder of the Global Health Literacy Academy Kristine Sørensen and oncologist Nikolaos Tsoukalas, who emphasised the importance of lifestyle choices.
The Athens-Macedonian News Agency is a Media Partner of the Conference – Video statements of the speakers can be found at https://www.amna.gr/video-services/544358/Corporate%20Videos
ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ / GEneral Conculate of Tampa