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News article3 February 2020HelsinkiDirectorate-General for Research and Innovation

Launch of in Helsinki on World Cancer Day

The new national cancer challenge launches on World Cancer Day February 4, 2020. All citizens can participate by proposing how prevention, treatment, and life with and after cancer could be improved.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said:

“Diagnosis, treatment and survival rates are improving all the time. However, we need to do more. That’s why we have launched the cancer mission to set ambitious research goals and to find priorities. It is important for us to specify the mission goals also by engaging stakeholders and citizens”.

Finland leads the way in Europe in engaging the public in planning the cancer mission through – a cancer challenge that launches 9 am on Tuesday, February 4, as a World Cancer Day event in Eurooppasali in Helsinki. Shortlisted proposals will be pitched to a panel of patients and experts and best ideas awarded at the final Monday March 16, and utilized in planning EU’s Mission Cancer.

“I’m excited about a competition like this. We shall take the results seriously, and I’m sure they will inspire us as we move ahead”, states Commissioner Gabriel.

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Publication date
3 February 2020
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation