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.
The fight against cancer remains a cross-cutting priority for the EU although COVID-crisis has understandably diverted attention over the past few months.
Each euro invested in cancer treatment is a step closer to patients' health, so Europe should not cut corners and leave patients alone in their fight, centre-right MEP Bartosz Arłukowicz told EURACTIV in an interview.
There is an urgent need for specific recommendations over lung-cancer screening at the highest political levels in order to detect early and tackle lung cancer, the “biggest killer cancer”, stakeholders have said.
Biomarker testing holds the potential to revolutionise early diagnosis and prevention of cancer. But the EU has not yet managed to fully capitalise on these advances, according to health experts.
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