Ambitious new cancer initiative
Brussels – The European Commission is taking the fight to Europe’s most common cancers. At the end of June, Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou announced the Commission will kick-off a ‘European Partnership for Action against Cancer’ this autumn aimed at reducing the current 3.2 million new cancer cases reported every year in the EU. The partnership, which will include researchers, biopharmaceutical companies, patient groups and regulators, is aimed at improving coordination of oncological research across the continent. It will seek to screen 100% of the population for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer by 2013, and to avoid “double work” or “scattered action”. Another goal is to reduce inequalities in cancer deaths related to healthcare between different member states, as well as to define priorities for cancer research.