30 Jun 2021
EC launches Knowledge Centre on Cancer
The European Commission (EC) is launching the Knowledge Centre on Cancer, the first Flagship action delivered under Europe's Beating Cancer Plan. The Knowledge Centre is a new online platform, managed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), to gather evidence and coordinate actions against the number one cause of death among under-65s in Europe. It will map the latest evidence on cancer, provide healthcare guidelines and quality assurance schemes, as well as monitor and project trends in cancer incidence and mortality across the EU. It is also a space where everyone invested in the fight against cancer can share best practices, collaborate, and coordinate to make the most of Europe's collective knowledge and evidence-based science.
According to the EC, the main tasks of the Knowledge Centre on Cancer is to be an independent knowledge broker providing evidence-based support to policies, while expanding the Commission's existing IT systems, gateways, portals, platforms and databases on cancer. It will:
- Map and provide the latest evidence and statistics on cancer;
- Monitor cancer trends so that the effectiveness of preventive strategies and screening programmes can be evaluated;
- Provide European guidelines for cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis and care to improve cancer outcomes and reduce inequalities between EU regions;
- Help shape policies for cancer prevention related to the environment and healthy lifestyles, including tobacco and alcohol control;
- Identify research or policy gaps;
- Provide a space to coordinate many cancer initiatives on one platform;
- Help to reduce inequalities in cancer prevention and care across the EU.
Amongst others, the foreseen Horizon Europe Mission on Cancer will be a major component of the EU's investment in cancer research and innovation, informing many of the Cancer Plans key actions and delivering novel concepts for policy and innovative solutions for patients.
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