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Response to the European Commission Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan

About this consultation

Every year, 3.5 million people in the EU are diagnosed with cancer, and 1.3 million die from it. Over 40% of cancer cases are preventable. Without reversing current trends, it could become the leading cause of death in the EU. On 7 February 2020, The European Commission under the stewardship of the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety launched a public consultation on Europe’s beating cancer plan. This initiative aims to reduce the cancer burden for patients, their families and health systems. It will address cancer related inequalities between and within Member States with actions to support, coordinate and complement Member States’ efforts.


The Commission intends to design the plan to cover the entire cycle of the disease. Actions should span all steps of the disease, including prevention, early diagnosis, treatment, and the social dimension of cancer (encompassing life after cancer, return to work after cancer…)

Proposed changes

The Commission would like to hear views on laws and policies currently in development in this area, for that purpose  they published a roadmap describing their approach to the issue.

Drawing on the input provided, the Commission will go on to complement this initial public consultation with further targeted interactions with specific stakeholder groups.

In the responses that are attached to this consultation, IOSH focuses on the need to reduce exposures to work-related carcinogens and prevent occupational cancers.

Consultation questions

There are 7 consultation questions from the European Commission, as follows:

  1. What do you think citizens can do to help beat cancer?
  2. What do you think health professionals can do to help beat cancer?
  3. What do you think public authorities / national governments can do to help beat cancer?
  4. Do you support the idea that the EU should do more to address cancer?
  5. Do you know or have experience of any particularly good practice in supporting cancer survivors, or so you have any suggestions as to how this could be done?
  6. How can your organisation contribute to the EU plan on cancer?
  7. Is there anything else that you would like to add that has not been covered in this consultation?

IOSH has been pleased to respond, based on the advocacy work through its No Time to Lose campaign at www.notimetolose.org.uk , which highlights the need for action to reduce the estimated 742,000 global annual deaths due to work-related cancers and focuses on raising awareness of practical steps to reduce exposures to four major occupational carcinogens: diesel engine exhaust emissions, solar radiation, silica dust and asbestos.

Read IOSH's response