Press Release - Beating Cancer together with patients, survivors and carers - a key item on the Mission Letter to designate Health Commissioner
ECPC congratulates Stella Kyriakides on her designation as European Commissioner for Health and welcomes her expressed commitment in improving the health care system in Europe.
“As the voice of cancer patients in Europe, we contribute to shaping healthcare and social policies in Europe. Therefore, to see a Health Commissioner with a background in cancer policy advocacy is hugely encouraging and we are confident that we can establish a positive collaboration and make cancer and patient care a priority on the European health policy agenda.” – Kathi Apostolidis, President, European Cancer Patient Coalition.
Acknowledging the complexities of ensuring and improving the quality and sustainability of health systems and cancer prevention and treatment, the European Cancer Patient Coalition welcomes the new European Commissioner designate for Health. Her commitment to lead the way in strengthening the health sector and inclusively support cancer patients, patient advocates, cancer survivors and carers aligns with our mission in ensuring that cancer patients are considered crucial partners in the fight against cancer and all related challenges in society.
While survival rates are increasing thanks to awareness among citizens in Member States, critical early detection, screening programmes and innovative treatments, there is still a lot more to be done. Acknowledging the appointment of Ursela von der Leyen, and her background in oncology, medicine and social health, as the new European Commission President, her expression of commitment to the cancer mission reflects shifts in prioritizing one of the most complex health issues of the 21st century. Highlighting the fact that 40% of us will face cancer at some point in our lives, and if not us, then a family member or friend, the Cancer Mission presents a key opportunity to rethink our strategies to “beat cancer” and ECPC strongly advocates for considering the Cancer Mission as a mix of research and care challenges, from cancer research and diagnosis to cancer care, survivorship and societal challenges.
With placing cancer, affordable medicines, e-health, a European Health Data Space, a new regulatory framework on medical devices, vaccinations high on the agenda within the role of health commissioner, there are established crucial steps in defining actions in cancer prevention, care and survivorship.
In her endeavors to tackle cancer, support the rights and needs of cancer patients and survivors, and improve the European healthcare systems overall, ECPC will gladly support the new Health Commissioner in all activities to ensure that cancer, cancer patients and those supporting them, get the attention and care that they need and deserve. Health should be perceived more and more as a fruitful investment, as it goes hand in hand with economic stability and deserves to be high on the political agenda.
About the European Cancer Patient Coalition
European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) is the voice of cancer patients in Europe. With over 450 members, ECPC is Europe’s largest umbrella cancer patients’ association, covering all 28 EU member states and many other European and non-European countries. ECPC represents patients aﬀected by all types of cancers, from the rarest to the most common.
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