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Shaping our Future Conference

4 February 2016
World Cancer Day: EU Research to Fight Cancer

Cancer is likely to remain one of the biggest killers of the 21st century. Cancer now accounts for a quarter of all deaths and is the number one cause of death for people aged 45-64 in an increasing number of Member States overtaking cardiovascular disease.

Under Seventh Framework Programme (2007-2013), about 1000 projects received funding totalling some € 1.5 billion.

Under Horizon 2020 (2014–2020) – the current EU framework programme for research and innovation – further financial support is being provided.  So far 272 projects have been funded for € 415 million.

In 2012 it was estimated that 3.45 million new cases were diagnosed and more than 1.75 million people died from cancer in Europe, making it one of the major health issues (see European Journal of Cancer). In recognition of this development, global research efforts to fight cancer have been ongoing since the 1970's to turn this disease into a chronic, instead of a fatal one.

Here are two examples of successful, EU-funded cancer research projects with a link to more below:

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Novel therapy starves the engine driving cancer cell growth

European researchers have identified a novel approach to prevent the growth of cancer tumours and inhibit them from spreading, potentially leading to highly effective treatments with fewer side effects.

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Europeans will be able to compare cancer care

EU citizens will be able to compare cancer incidence and survival rates across Member States once a continent-wide cancer information system is operational next year, according to Professor Alexander Katalinic, from the University of Lubeck in Germany, Chairman of the European Network of Cancer Registries (ENCR).

 

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