Starting signal for the German “National Decade Against Cancer”

Preventing cancer as much as possible, improving chances of recovery through new therapies, increasing the lifetime and quality of those affected – these are the goals of the “National Decade Against Cancer”. Today, the initiative was launched under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in Germany and the disease that most scares people. In the fight against the disease, the BMBF, together with the Federal Ministry of Health and many other partners in research, care and self-help, will intensify and pool its activities in combating cancer. This was agreed in a Joint Statement.

In a first step, the Ministry promotes practice-changing clinical trials for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. A corresponding funding announcement has been published today. For this purpose, up to 62 million euros will be made available within the framework of the Decade. Further initiatives follow.

Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn explains: “The fight against cancer is one of the biggest public health challenges of our time. In a joint national effort, we are now tackling this challenge. Because only with bundled forces is the race against cancer to win. We have to become even better at research. And we want to bring the results of cancer research even faster to the bedside. Therefore, a close integration of research and care is so important. In addition, we will continue to expand the early detection. ”

To learn more please read here (German only)

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