Answer to Written Question: EU action on oral cancer
(Source: European Parliament)
Answer given by Ms Kyriakides
on behalf of the European Commission
A holistic and integrated approach to cancer is at the centre of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. It will be implemented through various initiatives, including the development of guidelines and validated best practices addressing the entire pathway from cancer prevention to care. The Plan will contribute to establishing and upgrading national comprehensive cancer centres, which will be linked by a new EU network, and new reference centres for more common types of cancers and conditions will be created. Synergies between these initiatives will be ensured through the governance mechanism established for the Cancer Plan involving Member States, the European Parliament and a stakeholder contact group including health professionals, as well as by a cross-sectoral approach at EU level supported by the Knowledge Centre on Cancer, which will help coordinate scientific and technical cancer-related EU initiatives.
Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan will also contribute to decreasing the oral cancer risk through ambitious actions targeted to reduce tobacco and alcohol consumption, vaccination against human papillomavirus, and through encouraging high fruit and vegetable consumption – which are all measures to protect against oral cancer. The involvement of dentists and oral health professionals will be instrumental in raising attention on preventive actions, as well as in early detection of oral cancers through routine dental examinations.