The European Commission announced the plan to reduce cancer patients
On February 4th, the day is World Cancer Day, and raises our awareness on cancer and encourages its prevention, detection, and treatment. On the eve of World Cancer Day, on February 3rd, the European Commission announced Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.
According to the press corner of the European Commission, there are four key action areas in Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.
- First, prevention through actions addressing key risk factors
- Second, early detection of cancer by improving access, quality and diagnostics and support cancer screening
- Third, diagnosis and treatment through actions
- Fourth, improve quality of life of cancer patients and survivors
Of course, all four key action areas are equally important, but we know the famous proverb “prevention is better than cure”. Thus, prevention and detection become more critical to reduce cancer patients and that is why these actions are included in the plan.
A Goal in EU
According to an official website of the European Union, there are 8 goals of the European Union., and one of them is to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its citizens. When we are thinking of these goals, Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan will enable EU citizens to improve their well-being.
There are several definition of well-being, and it is defined as a positive outcome that is meaningful for people and for many sectors of society by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for example.
Therefore, good living conditions and our health are fundamental to well-being. In fact, we can keep the proverb, “a sound mind in a sound body”, in our mind. This proverb implies us that our good health leads to our good mental conditions, and our good mental conditions can be our good motivation to do something, and our good motivation is the base of a course of actions, and finally a positive outcome might not exist without our actions. Therefore, our reasoning tells us that good health can be foundation to a positive outcome that is strongly related to our well-being.
Cancer is one of health problems
Based on the same press release in 2020, 2.7 million people in the European Union were diagnosed with cancer, and another 1.3 million people lost their lives due to the disease. Cancer is one of main causes of death in EU member states so that cancer prevention is an important challenge to achieve the goal.
Of course, we cannot compare other causes of death to cancer, but the disease is still main reason for our death across the globe. Therefore, we expect that Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan will not only improve EU citizens’ well-being but also has a positive impact on our entire society. This is because developed countries have more resources such as cutting edge technologies and infrastructure than developing countries, and because they have the duty to have a positive impact on the world. We can expect that these actions lead to well-being of the society.