Joint Action European Partnership for Action Against Cancer
1 National Institute of Public Health, Trubarjeva 2, 1000, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2 Belgian Cancer Center, Scientific Institute of Public Health, Brussel, Belgium
3 Experimental and Applied Psychology, Faculty of Psychological and Educational Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium
Archives of Public Health 2012, 70:24 doi:10.1186/0778-7367-70-24Published: 24 October 2012
Cancer is a major European public health issue and represents the second most important cause of death and morbidity in Europe. Moreover, as a result of constant advances in medicine, medical technology and other sciences, and due to improvements in economic circumstances, cancer survival rates are increasing in Europe and prevalent cases (i.e. number of subjects who have experienced cancer) represent a growing proportion of the population. In order to tackle cancer efficiently throughout the European Member states, the European Commission launched the Joint Action (JA) ‘European Partnership for Action Against Cancer’ (EPAAC) facilitated by the Community Health Programme, in September 2009. EPAAC is designed to fill a gap in cooperation, collaboration and shared experiences for countries with similar needs and diverse experience in the area of their national cancer control policies. Activities and studies are tackling the main challenges of cancer control in Europe as a whole and in the Member states, including the provision of services and health system responses, human resources and research. In contrast with previous European actions in the field of cancer, EPAAC joins different partners and stakeholders at various levels ranging from Member states (including Iceland and Norway) and Regions to patient representatives.