European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control
This Guide aims to help to reduce not only the cancer burden throughout the EU but also the inequalities in cancer control and care that exist between Member States. It is the culmination of years of coordinated work in an EU-funded project, CanCon.
Cancer exerts a heavy burden on European societies and on health care systems, exacerbated by our ageing populations. In 2012 alone, 2.6 million European Union citizens were newly diagnosed with some form of cancer and the estimated total number of cancer deaths in the European Union in 2012 was 1.26 million. Given today’s incidence rates, we expect that 1 in 3 men and 1 in 4 women in the European Union will be directly affected by cancer before reaching 75 years of age. Cancer is, and must remain, a high priority at all levels. For more than 30 years, the European Commission has been working to help address the cancer challenge and remains highly committed to contributing to the constant improvement of cancer prevention and care.
For these reasons, the Commission launched and supported the Joint Action on Comprehensive Cancer Control (CanCon). This Joint Action had two main objectives:
(i) to identify key elements and quality standards for cancer control in Europe to help reduce disparities and inequalities; and
(ii) to facilitate co-operation among Member States. This includes the exchange of best practices as well as identifying and defining key elements to ensure optimal and comprehensive cancer care.