Work in Parliament Question for written answear E-004274/2021 about improving early detection of breast cancer in light of Europe's Beating Cancer Plan

Questions to the Commission and the Council | 16-09-2021

Question for written answer E-004274/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sylwia Spurek (Verts/ALE), Biljana Borzan (S&D), Chiara Gemma (NI), Alexandra Geese (Verts/ALE), Anne-Sophie Pelletier (The Left), Tanja Fajon (S&D), Esther de Lange (PPE), Elżbieta Katarzyna Łukacijewska (PPE), Isabel Carvalhais (S&D), Katrin Langensiepen (Verts/ALE), Sara Cerdas (S&D), Miriam Lexmann (PPE), Danuta Maria Hübner (PPE), Magdalena Adamowicz (PPE), Terry Reintke (Verts/ALE), Radka Maxová (S&D), Maria da Graça Carvalho (PPE)
Subject: Improving the early detection of breast cancer as part of Europe’s beating cancer plan

In Europe’s beating cancer plan, the Commission pledged to improve early cancer detection and help Member States ensure that 90 % of the EU residents who qualify for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings are offered this service by 2025.

At the same time, the number of breast cancer cases in Poland has doubled over the last 30 years, leading to a very difficult situation for women living in rural areas in particular. According to a report by the Polish Supreme Audit Office, less than 50 % of eligible women participated in breast and cervical cancer screenings. This is an issue not only in Poland, but also in many other Member States.

1. What measures does the Commission intend to take to create reliable indicators of the progress of national cancer plans in the Member States?

2. When can we expect detailed information on the updates to the Council Recommendation of 2 December 2003 on cancer screening?

3. Will funds from the EU4health fund also be available for social media information campaigns in the Member States?


(1) This question is supported by a Member other than the authors: Eleonora Evi (Verts/ALE)

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