”We welcomed our colleagues and friends from all over Europe to Stockholm the 31st of January. We will discuss how to most effectively join forces to ensure an effective and equitable implementation of the Beating Cancer Plan and the Cancer Mission all over Europe and beyond to reduce the burden of cancer on our societies”
Cancer remains a major scourge on European Society. In 2020, 2.7 million people in the European Union were diagnosed with the condition, and 1.3 million people lost their lives to it.
In February 2021, the European Commission launched Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. Together with the EU Mission Cancer, it represents a concerted effort across Europe to reduce cancer incidence and mortality and improve the quality of life of its citizens. Since its launch, several milestones have been achieved, most recently the adoption of revised EU Council recommendations on cancer screening. Even considering that health is a competence of Member States, the European cancer plan presents the opportunity to work in a coordinated and synergetic way to tackle the burden of the condition, by offering a framework to support Member
States in their own national cancer control plan implementation. It can also help create sufficient critical mass across the EU to create synergies, enable the sharing of best practices and foster greater equity of access to high quality prevention and care across the EU.