EuroHealthNet has responded to DG SANTE’s study on the mapping and evaluation of the implementation of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, adopted in 2021. The plan proposes actions across the four steps of the cancer pathway (prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, and quality of life of cancer patients and survivors) and three cross-cutting themes (research and innovation, inequalities, and paediatric cancers).
The aims of the study is to evaluate the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, identify actions to support, coordinate Member States’ efforts against cancer, and build a monitoring framework assessing the outcomes of the plan.
EuroHealthNet has contributed to the consultation by calling attention to health inequities in cancer prevention. To achieve this, Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan should address inequalities by collecting data on access and affordability, as well as providing financial incentives to individuals and employers to make cancer prevention more affordable. Policy instruments should also be mobilised in setting up institutionalised consultation mechanisms, such as public health CSOs and patient representatives.
Read the submitted contribution here.