The European Commission is set to start discussions on a new cancer plan for the region early next year.
The Commissioner responsible for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, has confirmed that the Commission will begin discussions on the “ambitious but realistic” cancer plan on World Cancer Day (February 4), in collaboration with the MEPs Against Cancer Interest Group.
It comes as the latest estimates suggest a new case of cancer is diagnosed in the European Union every nine seconds.
Speaking at the Better Access to Cancer Treatment conference last week, Commissioner Kyriakides said it will be necessary to focus on a number of areas to help slow and reverse increasing cancer rates. These include:
- Ensuring Europe's Cancer Plan is based on a truly holistic, health-in-all policies approach
- Prevention measures such as vaccination and diet
- Screening and early diagnosis
- Access to optimal treatment
- Ensuring quality of life in survivorship
- Making palliative care accessible to all
- Maximising the potential of e-health
“Over the past years, we have broken the silence that surrounds this disease. We have achieved a great deal but are still far from reaching our goals, and, still facing challenging inequalities in our Member States,” said Commissioner Kyriakides.