Making a Difference in Cancer Prevention and Control
Ministry of Health / Sede del Ministro
Hosted by Ministero della Salute
We were most honoured to hold the event "Italy and the EU: Policy Dialogues in Cancer Control", organised by the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL), the Lega Italiana per la Lotta ai Tumori (LILT) and the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC), in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Health.
The conference aimed to bring together policy makers, academics, the medical community and cancer patients to discuss the role of policy-making in strengthening cancer control efforts both in Italy and the EU. In this perspective, CanCon provides the perfect platform for discussion and action to identify the greatest issues and best solutions to enhance cancer control in Europe.
The event was organised within the larger scope of action of the Joint Action on Cancer Control (Cancon, www.cancercontrol.eu), a collaboration among the European Commission, 17 EU Ministries of Health and several European stakeholders, with the objective to harmonise the way we fight cancer through the production of state-of-the-art policy recommendation on cancer control.
The morning session was inspired by the work done by the Members of European Parliament against Cancer (MAC, www.mepsagainstcancer.eu) group, an all-party initiative providing MEPs with a forum to discuss cancer policy at the EU level. The session's speakers, including Alojz Peterle MEP, President of MAC; prominent Italian MEPs and MPs, and cancer patients' representatives discussed how prevention and access to innovative treatments must remain on top of the health policy agenda to ensure proper control of the burden of cancer in Italy.
The afternoon session focused on the added value that CanCon's recommendations can bring not only to the Italian cancer control strategy, but also as a catalyst of positive change across all EU countries. The session therefore dealt with the fight against inequalities in cancer care and on the creation of a European model for the establishment of national survivorship care plans (SCPs).
Note that the invitation-only Cancon Stakeholders Forum took place the day before, on 15 September.