The European Parliament has joined the global Gold September campaign to raise awareness on childhood cancer. Throughout this week, Parliament’s building will in fact be lit up in gold.
In Europe alone, more than 35,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year. Whilst the average survival rate at five years is approximately 80%, there are significant differences between European Member States due to unequal access to the best possible expertise and care.
Fighting cancer is a priority for the European Union. To this end, the European Parliament set up a special committee to look at how Europe can take all the necessary measures to help beat cancer.
The committee is in charge of evaluating:
- the possibility of improving quality of life for patients and families;
- scientific knowledge on prevention and specific action on tobacco, obesity, alcohol, pollution etc.;
- how to support research into prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood and rare cancers, where an EU approach offers the best chance of success;
- early detection and screening programmes;
- how to support non-profit clinical trials;
- possible EU action to facilitate the transparency of treatment prices to improve affordability and access.
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