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World Cancer Day 2021

Today, the 4th of February 2021, marks World Cancer Day. Particularly, this day celebrates cancer survivors, commemorates those who have lost the fight with cancer, and beams the light of hope to those currently suffering.

To this day, cancer remains the second leading cause of death worldwide. In 2020 alone, 2.7 million Europeans were diagnosed with cancer, while 1.3 million others lost their lives to it, including 2,000 children.

However, to prevent this tragedy from happening or decrease the number of cancer patients, Europe needs to take a decisive approach. According to researchers, cancer patients are set to increase by 24% by 2035. In that case, cancer will become the leading cause of death in Europe.

World Cancer Day 2021 – Beating Cancer Plan

Yesterday, 3rd of February 2021, the European Union announced “Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan”. Specifically, this plan earmarks €4 billion, including €1.25 billion from EU4Health, to prevent, treat, and care for cancer.

This Cancer Plan will be highlighted through four pillars of actions that have to do with:

  1. The prevention of cancer targets the key risk factors. These factors include tobacco, harmful alcohol consumption, bad diet, environmental pollution, and hazardous consumption.
  2. The early detection of cancer makes it easier for EU citizens to have access to quality diagnostics centers. Also, critical cancer screenings like breast, cervical, and colorectal screenings are offered for most of those who qualify.
  3. The diagnosis and treatment through actions targeting equal access to quality care and medicines. Moreover, to create 2030 a new EU network through the creation of National Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Those centers will improve access to innovative cancer diagnosis and help in the identification of high-risk individuals.
  4. The quality of life of cancer patients and survivors to ease their social and professional re-integration or follow-up care.

iED’s Contribution to Health

Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (iED) is committed to creating a healthier world by supporting health research and innovation. iED, as an experienced European project partner, is looking for more collaborations on health-related European projects.

Taking advantage of the opportunity posed by the World Cancer Day 2021, we would like to urge you to share your ideas with us or become partners and make an impact.


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Vasilis Bouronikos
Content & Communication Manager

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