Committee for Tackling Cancer in Europe proposes the following innovative solutions:
Cancer is a group of non-communicable diseases that represents the second cause of mortality in Europe. In 2018, according to the European Cancer Information System (ECIS), 1.4 million people in the European Union (EU) died from cancer. The burden of cancer does not only affect individuals but also society as a whole and its economy, health and social systems, national budgets and productivity. What can be done?
In order to tackle cancer in Europe, a coordinated action is needed. The EU along with Member States and sub-national level bodies need to increase their collaboration to work towards improved availability, accessibility and affordability of cancer care. On top of that, cancer patients, survivors and their families should be put at the centre of any intervention to best take into account their experiences. Moreover, considering that 40% of cancers are preventable, it is urgent to tackle risk factors and put in place prevention measures across EU Member States to reduce incidence and leave no one behind. Finally, with the significant progress resulting from scientific development, the digitalisation of healthcare systems and the delivery of care could highly benefit cancer patients and research.
Therefore, the EHP Committee for Tackling Cancer in Europe calls on the involved institutions and stakeholders to reflect on the following areas:
Putting prevention and screening at centre of cancer policies
Using digital tools and fostering cancer literacy for the benefit of patients
Acting toward a Europe of pioneers for real life data collection
Tackling inequalities and social issues in cancer
In this framework, along with the flagship initiative launched by the European Commission “Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan”, we propose innovative but actionable recommendations that could make a difference in addressing cancer-related challenges.
You can find the full recommendation by clicking the image below:
November 8, 2017
The added value of the EHP by Joseph Elborn – EHP President 2017
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