We are happy our friends from EUROPA DONNA succeeded in collecting the necessary number of signatures and the Written Declaration on the Fight against Breast Cancer was adopted, thus consolidating the European Parliament's support towards breast cancer patients.

It is important to implement nationwide mammography screening and multidisciplinary specialist breast units (SBU) by the 2016 deadline, as called for in the European Parliament resolutions of 2003 and 2006 and required by the European Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis (4th edition) so as to reduce the mortality rate for breast cancer patients.

The declaration also calls on the European Commission to ensure that the ECIBC (European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer) project delivers an accreditation protocol for breast cancer services by 2016. The protocol must ensure that mammography screening programmes and SBUs meet the requirements of the current EU Guidelines and those of the updated version to be undertaken by the ECIBC in 2015.

We are glad to have been able to support and work with Europa Donna to collect the necessary number of signatures from MEPs. This sound collaboration between Europa Donna and ECPC demonstrated, through very good team work, that close cooperation produces successful results.

To read the text of the Declaration, click here.