5th Oncology Days

5th. International A Blooming Plant Oncology Days

May 13-20, 2012 MUŞ TURKEY

“Environment and Cancer”

The agenda of the International “A Blooming Plant” Oncology Days, where priorities in the fight against cancer are discussed and which creates a platform for sharing information and experience at an international level, was determined together with our stakeholders and youth, as in previous years. In the workshops held with the participation of scientists, public institutions, non-governmental organizations, international organizations and young people, it was decided to discuss the “Environment and Cancer” issue in the 5th Oncology Days.

At the 5th International “A Blooming Plant” Oncology Days; environment, nutrition, healthy life and breast cancer, which has increased greatly in recent years, the role of non-governmental organizations and patients, especially young patients, in the fight against cancer were discussed. In addition to these, the difficulties, achievements, opportunities, good practices and experiences in the field were discussed at the international level and the participants were comprehensively informed. In this way, an environment was created for relevant public institutions, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, young people and families to exchange information and share experiences on the relationship between environment and cancer. Representatives from the public, non-governmental, international organizations and the medical world, who are experts in their fields, attended the 5th International ‘’A Blooming’’ Plant Oncology Days as speakers and shared their knowledge and experiences with the participants. What is Cancer?, The Role of Civil Society in Fighting Cancer, How Can Awareness of Young People Be Raised on Cancer, Good Examples of Countries in Fighting Cancer, Role of Civil Society in Fighting Cancer, Experiences of the Federation Against Cancer, Patient Schools, Expectations of Cancer Patients, Breast Cancer, Women in Fighting Breast Cancer The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations, Global Cancer Control, Environment and Cancer, Nutrition and Cancer, Harms of Smoking, Cigarette and Cancer, Cigarette Addiction, Cancer and Smoking Problem in Turkey, Media and Cancer, Patient Experiences in Fighting Cancer at the European Level, etc.

The program we prepared in the form of workshops and conferences facilitated the active participation of young people, and expert trainers and moderators greatly increased the effectiveness of the sessions. The mastery of the trainers, moderators and session chairmen on the subject had a very important effect on increasing the efficiency and the successful implementation of the Oncology Days.

A brief summary of the 5th International ‘’A Blooming Plant’’ Oncology Days

It has been emphasized that the studies of the state, non-governmental organizations and scientists on the fight against cancer in Turkey contain elements that have served as the reference in the international arena. It was emphasized that non-governmental organizations and the “Hand to Hand Against Cancer Federation” should assume more active roles in the fight against cancer. It was underlined that the awareness and level of consciousness of the whole society, especially the youth, should be increased on the relationship between environment, nutrition and cancer, and that a special priority should be given to these issues in the projects to be realized in the next working period. The continuation of the Smoking Ban, which is one of the most important steps in the fight against cancer in Turkey, with stricter penalties was suggested to the representatives of the Ministry of Health. Young  Accumulation Association President Salih YÜCE, Onko-Sev Vice Chairman of the Board Canan ULUN, Japanese Embassy Undersecretary of Economy Sjinji HIRAI, ECPC European Cancer Patients Coalition Vice President Simona ENE, Turkish Breast Diseases Associations Federation President (2009-2011) and Istanbul University Lecturer Prof.Dr.Vahit ÖZMEN and Head of Cancer Control Department Assoc. Dr. The first session of the oncology days, where Murat GÜLTEKİN made the opening speeches, was on Breast Cancer.


Chairmen of the Session were Prof. from Istanbul University. Dr. Vahit Özmen and Prof. Dr. Atilla Soran from University of Pittsburgh (USA). In this session, Bursa Deputy Sena Kaleli, President of the British Breast Cancer Association, Clare Dimmer Prof. Dr. Vahit Ozmen and Prof. Dr. Atilla Soran made a presentation. Prof. Dr. Atilla Soran, in his presentation on “Breast Cancer Approach from Screening to Treatment”, stated that among the cancer types seen in Turkey, breast cancer ranks first with 37.30%, the rate of breast cancer is in the top rank with 29% among new cancer cases in the world, and He also underlined that among deaths, breast cancer ranks second in the world with 14%. Istanbul University Lecturer Prof. Dr. In Vahit Özmen’s presentation on breast cancer in Turkey and around the world; focused on what breast cancer is in general. He said that gradually changing lifestyles are one of the reasons for the increase in breast cancer and that the death rate from breast cancer will increase in the coming years. He explained that early diagnosis of breast cancer saves lives, besides clinical methods, that women should examine themselves regularly and showed the methods for this. Ozmen explained with examples that the research on the subject and the participation of civil society facilitate diagnosis and treatment in the fight against cancer. Clare Dimmer, President of the British Breast Cancer Association (Breast Cancer UK), shared her UK experiences in the fight against breast cancer. He said that the cancer rates increased after the first and second world wars, the reason for this was that chemical additives entered the food more during the powerty period (in terms of long-term storage and easy production, etc.) and it is known that 870 substances used in foods today have carcinogenic effects. Apart from this, Dimmer, which focuses on the carcinogenic effects of chemicals used in different sectors (cosmetics, cleaning, plastics, etc.) and air pollution, also introduced the studies and campaigns of Breast Cancer UK as a related non-governmental organization.


Speaking at the Global Cancer Control session, President of the Turkish Cancer Research and Control Institution Prof. Dr. Tezer Kutluk talked about what global cancer control is and how it should be handled. He shared with the participants the multidimensional evaluation of the issue of the fight against cancer at the international level, that the achievements in the field have spread to the whole world with international studies, and that the activities of non-governmental organizations from Turkey should increase in the international arena and their suggestions. Denis Horgan, Head of the Foreign Relations Unit of the European Cancer Patients Coalition (ECPC), started his presentation by stating that the fight against cancer at the European level would not be possible without an organization and without patients, and talked about the work of ECPC on the subject. Horgan explained that ECPC works with 345 non-governmental organizations fighting against cancer from 42 countries, that all cancer types are represented in their structures, that cancer research should increase and that factors causing cancer, especially tobacco control, nutrition and environmental factors, should be combated.


Speaking at the Media and Cancer session, Esra Tüzün from Sabah Newspaper said that the issue of cancer and the fight against cancer should be kept alive and constantly on the agenda of the country, that the successes in the fight should be highlighted, and that the photographs and style used in the news to be made on the subject should be taken very seriously. She emphasized that the media has an important role in the fight against cancer and the importance of working in constant communication and interaction with non-governmental organizations.


Assist. Assoc. Dr. Yavuz Dizdar made a presentation on environmental factors, nutrition and industrial food production. In his presentation, he explained that industrial foods, especially meat, milk and cultured fish products, should be paid attention to. He shared with the participants, with photographs, documents and examples, that non-perishable milk and yoghurt, chickens raised using antibiotics, fish and meat grown with artificial feeds adversely affect our health and the carcinogenic effects of chemical additives.


Kamer Foundation President Nebahat Akkoç took the first floor in the “Role of Women’s Organizations in Breast Cancer”. Akkoç said that women’s organizations, especially in Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia, should increase their efforts to raise awareness in the fight against cancer. He explained that the organizations’ directing women to regular examinations facilitates diagnosis and treatment. Violet Aroya, President of Europa Donna Turkey, in her presentation, where she conveyed the roles that women’s organizations are expected to undertake in the fight against cancer, together with examples through their own associations, suggested that women’s organizations should focus on raising awareness of women in the first place and that these efforts should be supported by public health campaigns.


In the “Works at European Level” session, ECPC Vice President Simona Ene made a presentation on how non-governmental organizations can influence European policies on cancer. In his presentation; He mentioned that the health issue comes first among the duties and responsibilities of politicians, that the protection of public health in terms of rights and social rights should be guaranteed by laws, that the legal framework has been drawn in Europe and the 2020 strategy has been created on the subject. He explained that European studies on health are progressing with the network system that includes non-governmental organizations and superstructures. In this regard, he emphasized that the basic values are based on prevalence, solidarity and fairness and that the principles are never compromised. Denis Horgan, Head of ECPC Foreign Relations Unit, said that the emphasis on cancer should be increased in the formation of Europe’s health policies and explained the role of ECPC within the networks established on health at the European level. He explained that one of the main tasks of the ECPC is to influence European policies in favor of cancer patients, with examples from their work.

“I’m Cancer But…”


Cancer patients who took the floor in the session titled “I’m Cancer But…” where patient experiences were shared; Salih Yüce, Saadet Köknel, Derya Kaplan, Özgür Semerci, Canan Perdahlı and Cihat Alemdar shared their personal experiences in an encouraging and hopeful framework that will set great examples in the fight against the disease.


The Department of Cancer Control, Oncology Societies and ECPC have full support for the oncology days, and they have decided to support as well the 6th International “A Blooming Plant” Oncology Days, which will be held next year.

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