Breast cancer: can we bridge the gap between science and policy-making? - Ispra, Italy
Breast cancer: can we bridge the gap between science and policy-making?
It is World Cancer Day again and breast cancer remains the most common cancer in Europe and is the leading cause of death from cancer in European women. But mortality rates differ across the European Union. For this reason, the European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC) works with the key objective of assuring harmonised high quality standards of screening and care to all European women.
It is by bridging the gap between who treats and studies breast cancer and who implements policies that we can successfully reduce health inequalities. On World Cancer Day 2016, the ECIBC announces the theme of its 2016 Plenary meeting “ECIBC: When Science and Policy collaborate for Health” that will take place in Italy on 24-25 November 2016.
The annual plenary meeting of the Initiative is the occasion for discussing the achievements and look at the steps ahead engaging directly stakeholders from academia, health national systems, policy makers, patients’ advocacies and industries.
The ECIBC project is patient-centric and built upon the principles of sustainability, continuity and the transparent inclusion of experts and stakeholders to develop a project that will have an impact on breast cancer care in Europe.
The 4 specific objectives of the project are to:
propose evidence-based recommendations: a new version of the European Guidelines for Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis and a Platform of guidelines covering all care processes, from screening to end-of-life care;
develop a voluntary European Quality Assurance Scheme for Breast Cancer Services;
develop a European template of training on digital mammography for professionals;
gather all ECIBC information and outputs in a public long-term website (ecibc.jrc.ec.europa.eu) that will also serve as “one-stop shop” for patients and professionals.
The ECIBC is supported by two working groups, under the coordination of the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), based on an agreement with the Commission’s Directorate-General Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE).
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