FACT aims at ensuring that the best practice is shared across the EU and at closing the gap that exists in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care, and research between and within Member State. Its primary aim is to send a strong signal that immediate concerted action is needed to reduce cancer rates and improve cancer
outcomes. In addition, it will include and embrace extensive and existing knowledge, projects and initiatives on cancer. Numerous institutions, organisations and individuals will be given an opportunity to contribute to the project.
In spite of numerous activities and measures undertaken in Member States and at the EU level, cancer remains one of the most serious public health issues in the Community, with distinct differences between and within Member States and groups of malignancies. The project will contribute to the improvement of action in all fields of cancer control at EU level, from primary prevention, early detection and screening to quality treatment and availability of rehabilitation or palliative care as well as research on cancer.
The project will include different activities and use a range of methodologies.
A publication will be prepared by internationally recognised experts and will provide comprehensive evidence on epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, delivery of healthcare, prevention, health promotion, research and different
policies on cancer. Workshops and policy dialogues of experts and high ranking officials will provide input for key topics identified as the most important policy issues related to the problem of cancer in the EU.
Policy briefs will summarise the findings and recommendations from policy dialogues and scientific publication in order to provide relevant information on development of strategies and policies about cancer in the EU.
An international conference will be organised in Slovenia as an event of the presidency. A high level of cooperation and coordination between project partners, the Slovenian Ministry of Health, the European Commission and the Member States is expected concerning the goals, activities and outcomes of the project.
The project will identify some of the most important areas of action against cancer and the reasons for existing gaps in health within the EU. Those areas of action are prevention and screening, access to the best available treatment including rehabilitation and palliative care, and research on cancer. They will be addressed by scientists and experts, policymakers and patient organisations, the general public and other important stakeholders.