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Virtual: Beating Cancer: A Transatlantic Conversation on Cancer Policy

April 13, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in both the European Union and United States, as well as a major health risk the world over. In 2020, an estimated 4.5 million people in the EU and the U.S. were diagnosed with cancer, and nearly 2 million lost their lives to it. Unfortunately, cases are on the rise, and without conclusive action, by 2035 cancer cases are estimated to increase by almost 25%, making it the leading cause of death in the EU.

In February, the European Union announced Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, a $4.8B (€4B) comprehensive approach to cancer prevention, treatment, and care. Join us for a high-level conversation about cancer policy, new initiatives in the fight against cancer, and the state of current policies, prevention, detection, treatment, and care efforts on both sides of the Atlantic.


– Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, European Union Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, who will present Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan

– Rep. Derek Kilmer, (D-WA), Co-Chair, House Cancer Caucus, United States Congress

– John F. Ryan, Director, Public Health, DG SANTE, European Commission

– Dr. Karen Hacker, Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


– Dr. Otis Brawley, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University

– Dr. Lisa A. Carey, The Richardson and Marilyn Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research; Deputy Director of Clinical Sciences, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

– Shelley Fuld Nasso, CEO, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

– John F. Ryan, Director, Public Health, DG SANTE, European Commission

Moderated by Noam N. Levey, Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News

Registration is required.

This event is organized by the European Union in partnership with the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and the Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For the most updated event information, please visit the main event web page.


April 13, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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