Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan

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Series Details COM (2021) 44
Publication Date 03/02/2021
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Communication published by the European Commission on 3 February 2020, setting out a fresh approach to cancer prevention, treatment and care.

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This Plan aims at tackling the entire disease pathway, from prevention to quality of life of cancer patients and survivors, focusing on actions the European Union (EU) can add the most value. It is designed to be supported by actions spanning across policy areas.

The Cancer Plan is structured around four key action areas:

  • Prevention through actions addressing key risk factors;
  • Early detection of cancer;
  • Diagnosis and treatment;
  • Improvement to quality of life of cancer patients and survivors.

The Europe's Beating Cancer Plan is seen as a key pillar of the European Commission's European Health Union.

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EFPIA: News, 03/02/2021: Cancer experts, patients and industry applaud Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and reemphasise the importance of measuring success
EPHA: News, 03/02/2021: Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan is a major step in EU public health policy
SIOPE: News, 03/02/2021: Childhood cancer is under the spotlight in Europe's Beating Cancer Plan
Greenpeace: Press Release, 03/02/2021: Commission cancer plan must scrap EU meat ads
BEUC: Press Release, 03/02/2021: EU Cancer Plan rightly puts healthy diets centre stage
ETUC: Press Release, 03/02/2021: Commission omits workplace dangers from priority cancer actions

Politico, 03/02/2021: Commission (finally) releases Europe’s Beating Cancer plan
Euronews, 03/02/2021: World Cancer Day: Brussels wants to cut the proportion of smokers in the EU to just 5% by 2040
EUObserver, 04/02/2021: EU Commission targets tobacco and alcohol in cancer fight
EurActiv, 04/02/2021: Commission dampens bid to end EU meat promotion

European Commission: Press Release, 03/02/2021: Europe's Beating Cancer Plan: A new EU approach to prevention, treatment and care
European Commission: Questions and Answers: Europe's Beating Cancer Plan (3 February 2021)
European Commission: Remarks by Vice-President Schinas at the press conference on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan (3 February 2021)
European Commission: Remarks by Commissioner Stella Kyriakides at the press conference on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan (3 February 2021)
Renew Europe Group: News, 03/02/2021: Beating cancer together: Renew Europe welcomes the Commission's new cancer plan
EPP Group: News, 03/02/2021: EU Cancer Plan: time to put money on the table
S&D Group: News, 03/02/2021: S&Ds: Commission’s Beating Cancer Plan a positive step towards EU Health Union but needs more ambition
European Parliament: Press Release, 03/02/2021: Beating cancer: MEPs react to the EU Plan for joint action

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