How Europe can better tackle rising cancer incidence

Cancer, the second leading cause of death globally according to the World Health Organisation, is responsible for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018.

In light of projections that the cancer incidents in Europe will double by 2035, a new survey conducted by Central and Eastern European Cancer Action Group (CEECAG), has identified large differences between Europe’s west and central and eastern countries in handling cancer.

In her mission letter to the proposed new EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, the President-elect of the EU executive, Ursula von der Leyen, said an EU-wide “Beating Cancer” plan should be put forward in order to help member states improve cancer prevention and care.

“This should propose actions to strengthen our approach at every key stage of the disease: prevention, diagnosis, treatment, life as a cancer survivor and palliative care. There should be a close link with the research mission on cancer in the future Horizon Europe programme,” von der Leyen wrote.

A new survey conducted by the Central and Eastern European Cancer Action Group (CEECAG) has found severe shortcomings in managing cancer incidents in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), whose “young brains” increasingly move to the west.


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