WORLD

EU Wants To Step Up Fight Against Cancer Amid Virus Pandemic

0
European Union Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides, right, and European Commissioner for Promoting our European Way of Life Margaritis Schinas, center, address a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. The EU on Wednesday proposed a four-billion-euro (4.8 billion US dollar) plan aimed at improving the fight against cancer as the coronavirus pandemic tends to delay diagnoses and access to treatment across the 27-nation bloc. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool via AP)

AP) — The European Commission has proposed a $4.8 billion plan aimed at improving the fight against cancer across the bloc as the coronavirus pandemic tends to delay diagnoses and access to treatment.

According to EU’s figures, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the 27-nation bloc, with 1.3 million deaths and 3.5 million new cases per year. An estimated 40% of EU citizens will face cancer at some point, with an annual economic impact estimated around €100 billion.

The EU’s executive arm says the pandemic has not only delayed screenings and disrupted treatments, but also affected the cancer patient’s quality of life. To avoid such events to repeat in the future, the commission proposes to increase telemedicine and remote monitoring in health care systems.

 

San Antonio Rodeo Proceeding Despite Pandemic

Previous article

Myanmar Charges Suu Kyi, Giving Legal Basis To Detain Her

Next article

You may also like

More in WORLD