The partners of the Cancer Control Joint Action (CANCON), co-financed by the EU Health Programme, have presented key results from this three-year project to an audience of EU and national policy makers, stakeholders and partners. In particular, the CANCON partners presented the key findings and recommendations from the main deliverable of the Joint Action - the European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control.(*)
Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety addressed the conference at the High-level Plenary Assembly, welcomed by Chris Fearne, Minister of Health of Malta. The Romanian Minister of Health, MEP Alojz Peterle, President of MEPs Against Cancer, and representatives of a number of national health ministries also delivered speeches at the Plenary.
Presentations and discussions focused on cooperation and implementation of the Guide's recommendations by EU countries, future challenges and opportunities for cancer control policy, tackling social inequalities in cancer prevention and control, and the evolving role of the European Commission in addressing cancer policy challenges.
The programme of the event is available here.
(*)The European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control is aimed at governments, parliamentarians, health care providers and funders, and cancer care professionals at every level. It aims to help raise cancer survival and reduce cancer mortality by:
- Improving the quality of cancer care among EU countries;
- Improving the quality of life of cancer patients and survivors;
- Ensuring reintegration and palliative care and decreasing inequalities in cancer prevention and control.