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15 November, Brussels – Ahead of next year’s European Parliamentary elections, the European Cancer Organisation (ECO) unveiled a new Manifesto entitled ‘Time to Accelerate: Together Against Cancer’. It contains a raft of insights and recommendations from experts in cancer care and policy from across the continent. The launch took place during the annual European Cancer Summit, with national and European politicians in attendance, including EU Commissioner for Health & Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides.
"Saluting the early achievements of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, the Manifesto sets out the European cancer community’s vision for how these foundations can be boldly built upon," said ECO President Andreas Charalambous. "Together, we can accelerate Europe’s policy action against cancer and give every cancer patient access to high quality cancer care."
The recommendations reflect experiences and perspectives from an extraordinary five-year period in EU cancer policy, marked by substantial attention and investment through both Europe's Beating Cancer Plan and the EU Research Mission on Cancer. ECO salutes Member States and the European Commission for their commitment to these initiatives.
Among the many organisations and politicians already endorsing the Manifesto are: Alessandra Moretti MEP, Tomislav Sokol MEP and Patrizia Toia MEP.
ECO and its member societies believe this new era of cross-border cooperation in cancer care must not be overshadowed by the rush towards new agendas and mandates after next year's European elections. The seeds sown by the current Commission and parliaments must be nurtured to full growth.
The European Cancer Pulse: evidence-based decision-making
Also announced on 15 November, a second version of the European Cancer Pulse data visualisation tool is now live with a range of new features and statistics. The online platform allows anyone to see at a glance the various cancer inequalities between and within European countries. Going beyond the EU-27 countries, it collates data on inequalities in cancer care from across the WHO European Region.
Equipped with a new country comparison mode and customisable data visualisations, the tool provides the evidence basis to the European Cancer Manifesto, allowing all to benchmark national progress towards EU cancer policy goals and identify where progress is most needed to reduce cancer inequalities across and within European countries.
"Truly understanding disparities and gaps in cancer care requires the latest evidence and information," said Mark Lawler, Professor of Digital Health at Queen's University Belfast, ECO Board Member and Scientific Lead of ECO's European Cancer Pulse initiative. "Our data do not lie. The European Cancer Pulse helps to identify the most urgent areas for policy action to help cancer patients overcome the disparities that persist in many European countries."
Both the European Cancer Pulse and European Cancer Manifesto for 2024 are available on the European Cancer Organisation’s website.
Key recommendations from the Manifesto
Key facts identified by the European Cancer Pulse*
*For sources, please check europeancancerpulse.org
About the European Cancer Organisation
The European Cancer Organisation is the largest multi-professional cancer organisation in Europe. It helps reduce the burden of cancer, improve outcomes, and enhance the quality of care for cancer patients. As the not-for-profit federation of member organisations working across Europe, the European Cancer Organisation convenes cancer professionals and patients to agree on policy, advocate for change, and speak up for the European cancer community. More information is available here.
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