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Call for early diagnosis strategy for head and neck cancer

23 September 2014

Call for early diagnosis strategy for head and neck cancer

Today (23 September) the European Head and Neck Society (EHNS) and the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) reconvene in the European Parliament to call for the implementation of a Europe-wide head and neck cancer early diagnosis awareness programme.

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) call on the Commission to develop a strategy that encourages earlier diagnosis for head and neck cancers; deliver activities that raise awareness of head and neck cancers across Europe; and secure funding for further scientific research into head and neck cancer.

More than 150,000 people across Europe are diagnosed with head and neck cancer each year, and approximately 70,000 die from the disease annually.

Host MEP Ciprian Tănăsescu said: “There is a concerning lack of awareness of head and neck cancer and its signs and symptoms, despite it being the sixth most common type of cancer globally. Consequently, over half of patients are diagnosed in the late stages when the survival rate is just 60 per cent.

“Cancer prevention campaigns must remain a priority within the EU, and support from the Commission will help drive awareness, encourage earlier presentation and diagnosis, and ultimately improve patient outcomes in the future.” 

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