Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan: recommendations to improve and extend cancer screening programmes

02/03/2022 117 Views
Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan: recommendations to improve and extend cancer screening programmes

In support of the European Commission’s work under Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, the Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (GCSA) released on March 2 a Scientific Opinion on cancer screening in Europe and on how to improve early detection. The Opinion provides recommendations on how to improve the existing screening programmes on breast, colorectal and cervical cancer and advises to extend them to lung and prostate cancer.

The Advisors also stress the importance of increasing people’s participation to such programmes by making them more accessible. The Opinion will inform the upcoming Commission proposal, which will update the 2003 Council Recommendation on cancer screening to ensure that the latest available scientific evidence is reflected. It also pinpoints the areas in which further research is required, and as such, may inform the EU Mission on Cancer.

The Opinion is informed by the Evidence Review Report produced by SAPEA (Scientific Advice for Policy by European Academies), which is part of the Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism.

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