The European Cancer Organisation (ECO) has published an action report today on Men and Cancer: Raising the issues. The report provides a detailed account of the presentations and contributions shared during the April 2022 ECO Community 365 Roundtable Meeting on Men and Cancer.
The roundtable brought together leaders in men’s health, experts in oncology, patient advocates and others to consider the framework of cancer control as seen through the lens of men’s health. It aimed to raise awareness of the ways in which health and cancer policies and services can more effectively take account of the male experience of cancer and, ultimately, to achieve better cancer outcomes for men across Europe. The issue was also considered in the context of potential opportunities for improvement provided by Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, Horizon Europe’s EU Cancer Mission and other EU and international level health policy agendas and initiatives.
Men bear an excess burden of cancer, in terms of both incidence and mortality. In the EU-27 in 2020, there were 1.44 million cancer cases in men and 1.24 million in women. 705,000 men died from cancer compared to 555,000 women. Excluding breast cancer (which is rare in men) and the sex-specific cancers (such as cervical and prostate cancers), the incidence and mortality rates for all cancers are higher in men except for thyroid and gallbladder cancers.
But this significant inequality is rarely acknowledged or discussed by policy makers or service providers. Consequently, action is rarely taken to address and tackle it. The roundtable aimed to change this. Four key recommendations emerged from the roundtable:
ECO and its Inequalities Network will now work to translate the roundtable’s recommendations into policy development and advocacy work.
Read the full report here.