Driving progress in Europe’s cancer care

The number of European citizens diagnosed with cancer has almost doubled over the past two decades. [SHUTTERSTOCK]

With the advent of the Commission’s long-awaited cancer plan rapidly approaching, now more than ever, the impetus is there for EU lawmakers to drive change in Europe’s cancer care.

Europe has a well-known problem with cancer. Despite making up less than 10% of the world’s population, the Old continent accounts for almost a quarter of global cancer cases.

Although cancer care and treatment are still making great strides, the number of European citizens diagnosed with cancer has almost doubled over the past two decades.

With Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, the European Commission aims to turn the tide on this by making ensuring the EU is ready to make the most of the ground-breaking innovations that cancer care research has brought forth over the past few decades.

In this special report, EURACTIV explores the ways in which the EU can drive progress in this area, including the latest technological improvements offered in the fight against cancer, just ahead of the unveiling of the cancer plan in December.

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