Oncological treatment has to be more efficient – with this in mind, Employers of Poland support the European Week Against Cancer organized by the Oncology Center – Maria Skłodowska-Curie Institute in Warsaw.
Combatting cancer has no only a human aspect, but also an economic one. Today, cancer is the second most common cause of early death (25.6 percent), but also the cause of losses for the economy estimated at 17 bln PLN per year (1.3 percent GDP) The aging of society and the decreasing number of people in working age mean that cancer is also an issue of interest for entrepreneurs.
According to Employers of Poland, changes in oncological treatment are needed in order to improve its efficiency. In Poland, the rate of patients who go on to live 5 years after a cancer diagnosis is lower than in other EU states. For example, 65 percent of patients diagnosed with prostate cancer live another 5 years, while the corresponding figure in the EU as a whole is 73 percent. Rates with regards to colon cancer are 46 percent and 55 percent, respectively. At the same time, the malicious cancer mortality rate standardized for age structure in the population in Poland is 17 percent higher than the EU average.
The European Week Against Cancer is celebrated since 1989 under the patronage of the Association of European Cancer Leagues. The main objective is to raise awareness of primary prevention and preventive healthcare in oncological illnesses. This year’s edition will be held on May 25-31, but has already been inaugurated on May 21 during the “White Saturday – open day” at the Oncology Center – Maria Skłodowska-Curie Institute in Warsaw, where over 300 people took the opportunity to undergo a preventive examination.
We encourage you to get acquainted with the European Code Against Cancer, which includes 12 easy tips on healthy lifestyle lowering the risk of cancer.