Up to a million cancer diagnoses may have been missed across Europe alone as a result of the pandemic, while one in two patients with cancer did not receive treatment in a timely manner.
The 2022 edition of the OECD report Health at a Glance: Europe focuses on the direct and indirect health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which have led to the largest drop in life expectancy observed since World War II.
In the face of the most significant shock that our health systems in Europe have faced in the last 75 years, we must now think about healing and rebuilding. This is particularly true in the fight against cancer, which must urgently be put back on the agenda.
This OECD Forum Virtual Event will thus bring together leading experts and stakeholders to discuss what steps can be taken to close the cancer gap, and help ensure uncounted victims from the pandemic receive the attention and care they deserve.
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Thought leaders from the OECD and beyond share their perspectives on the COVID-19 crisis and other global challenges. What should decision-makers and policy-shapers do now and for the future? How can we meet unprecedented health, social, environmental and economic challenges, and be greater than the sum of our parts?
OECD Forum Virtual event – Closing the Cancer Gap: Towards Better Screening and Treatment
By Mark Pearson, Deputy Director of OECD Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, and Francesca Colombo Head of OECD Health Division
Cancer diagnoses postponed due to the pandemic make treatment more complex and reduce the chances of survival. The OECD Forum Virtual Event "Closing the Cancer Gap: Towards Better Screening and Treatment" will discuss how all patients can receive the attention and care they deserve.
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Diagnosing Global Health Systems: Reflecting on COVID-19’s impact on cancer care around the world
By Amadou Diarra, Ph.D. Senior Vice President, Global Policy & Government Affairs, Bristol Myers Squibb
What are the lessons to learn from many weaknesses in our health systems revealed by the pandemic?
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Follow the Science, Follow the Data: Averting a European cancer crisis
By Mark Lawler Chair, The Lancet Oncology Commission
The COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the cost-of-living crisis have unravelled our progress on cancer survival, but we also have a significant opportunity. The ambitious but achievable goal? An average of 70% ten-year survival rates for all European patients with cancer by 2035.
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Preventable: How a Pandemic Changed the World & How to Stop the Next One By Devi Sridhar
By Devi Sridhar Professor and Chair of Global Public Health, University of Edinburgh
In the future, the world will face a virus similar to Covid-19. Should governments ever move into the mitigation phase rather than containment? How many could have survived COVID-19 had we found a way to buy time and delay infections until a life-saving vaccine could have been given to them?