Fighting the World’s Toughest Cancer

August 31, 2018

Fighting the World’s Toughest Cancer

To coincide with World Pancreatic Cancer Day and to help turn the tide against this dreadful disease, UEG will launch a report on Pancreatic Cancer Across Europe.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 marks World Pancreatic Cancer Day, aiming to raise awareness of the world’s toughest cancer.

To coincide with World Pancreatic Cancer Day and to help turn the tide against this dreadful disease, UEG will launch a report titled ‘Pancreatic Cancer Across Europe: Taking a stand against the continent’s deadliest cancer’. In addition to the report, UEG and Pancreatic Cancer Europe (PCE) will be hosting an event in the European Parliament on Wednesday, 10 October, 2018 on the topic.

Pancreatic cancer is responsible for over 95,000 deaths in the EU every year1 and is Europe’s third leading cause of cancer-related death, behind lung and colorectal cancer2. Despite being Europe’s third biggest cancer killer, pancreatic cancer has been chronically underfunded for years. The disease receives less than 2% of all cancer research funding3, even though the number of people dying from the cancer has risen continuously over the last 40 years4.

Pancreatic Cancer Across Europe: Taking a stand against the continent’s deadliest cancer

On the occasion of the World Pancreatic Cancer Day, UEG will launch a report titled ‘Pancreatic Cancer Across Europe: Taking a stand against the continent’s deadliest cancer’. The report will be issued in partnership with Pancreatic Cancer Europe (PCE) and will be supported by the European Pancreatic Club (EPC), Digestive Cancers Europe (DiCE), the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC), the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO) and the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO). The report will also be endorsed by the European Parliament Interest Group on Digestive Health, which was launched in May to serve as a platform for exchange between the scientific community and policy makers to ensure that digestive health becomes and continues to be an integral part of the EU agenda.

The report will aim to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and outline strategies and activities that will transform disease outcomes over the next twenty years, including increased EU funding, screening reimbursement and broader data registries. The report also calls on EU policy makers to take a stand and make a difference to the outlook for pancreatic cancer patients, both now and in generations to come.

Putting Pancreatic Cancer on the map – what we have and what we need

In addition to the report, UEG and PCE will be hosting an event in the European Parliament on Wednesday, 10 October, 2018. The event, ‘Putting Pancreatic Cancer on the map – what we have and what we need’ will bring together experts, policymakers and other stakeholders to present current inequalities in pancreatic cancer throughout Europe, showcase best practice examples and address barriers in diagnosing the disease. Hosted by MEP Pavel Poc, speakers will include Dr Lydia Makaroff (ECPC), Professor Matthias Löhr (UEG), Ali Stunt (PCE) and MEP Marian-Jean Marinescu.

 

During World Pancreatic Cancer Day, follow updates from @my_UEG and track the discussion through following #WPCD.

View our infographic on Pancreatic Cancer Across Europe.

Watch our video: ‘Pancreatic Cancer: Stuck in the 1970s’

References

1) European Commission Database

2) Ferlay J., Partensky C., Bray F. More deaths from pancreatic cancer than breast cancer in the EU by 2017. ACTA Oncologica, August 2016.

3) European Cancer Patient Coalition - Information page

4) Malvezzi 2014. Annals of Oncology. European cancer mortality predictions for the year 2014

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