The Time To Act campaign (www.TimeToActCancer.com), with materials available in over 30 languages, urges every country in Europe to achieve the continuation of cancer services to avoid the Covid-19 pandemic creating a new cancer epidemic in its wake. To this end, the awareness campaign was conceived and developed to ensure greater attention is focussed on cancer care services during the Covid-19 pandemic.
After the European Launch of the Campaign in May 2021, we held national events across individual European countries. You can see here a short video-summary of the national events already held in Poland, Italy, Spain, Romania, France, Malta, Croatia, Cyprus, Portugal and Slovenia, with National Health Ministers and the EU Health Commissioner, Stella Kyriakides, participating at each of these events.
In early 2021, a data study by ECO estimated that up to 1 million across Europe could have had their cancer undiagnosed during the pandemic as well as other concerning numbers which emphasise the importance that proper focus is given to cancer detection and treatment in the coming year. Since this study we have continued to collect data, which led to the creation of the Time To Act Data Navigator, an interactive online tool which shows the different data available in the different countries, launched at this year’s European Cancer Summit.
On the occasion of World Cancer Day we are delighted to bring together a leading group of experts including Policy-makers, Oncologists and patient Advocates to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on Cancer.