EU launches Knowledge Centre on Cancer

The centre is part of the EU's Beat Cancer plan. Image: Shutterstock

The EU has launched the Knowledge Centre on Cancer, the first Flagship action delivered under Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.

The Knowledge Centre is a new online platform to gather evidence and coordinate actions against the number one cause of death among under-65s in Europe.

Launched on June 30, it will map the latest evidence on cancer, provide healthcare guidelines and quality assurance schemes, as well as monitor and project trends in cancer incidence and mortality across the EU. It is also a space where everyone invested in the fight against cancer can share best practices, collaborate, and coordinate to make the most of our collective knowledge and evidence-based science.

Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides said, “The launch of the new Knowledge Centre on Cancer is the first Flagship action of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. With greater knowledge, we can better understand, prevent and treat cancer. Research and innovation is the starting  point  for  a  new  approach  to  cancer  care  in  the  EU. Pooling and sharing the latest findings from cancer research, innovation and technologies, including on new personalised and digital solutions, is crucial to empower health and research authorities to better address cancer, and the Knowledge Centre will be at the centre of these actions.”

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel added, “From institutions to researchers, patient organisations to innovators, we must all join forces across society to beat cancer. Science can help us understand the disease and its risk factors, but to have a real impact we need that knowledge to reach the policies and interventions that will save lives. The Knowledge Centre on Cancer is a key tool to coordinate our efforts and make sure we use the best evidence available to win this fight.”


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Deirdre Tynan

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