Early Detection of Cancer

How to advance early diagnosis and screening of cancer?

In Europe, 2.7 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2020 and it cost the lives of 1.3 million people. Cancer prevalence is expected to rise; increasing by 25% by 2035.

In the case of cancer, the strongest action, is the promptest one. When coupled with early intervention, early detection has shown to improve survival rates and morbidity.

Addressing this topic with the Wild Card challenge holds the promise of finding new and better ways to detect cancer early, gaining years of life for millions of people.

new cases of cancer were diagnosed in Europe in 2020

increase in cancer patients expected by 2035

deaths were caused by lung cancer in 2020

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Risk Assessment & Early detection tools

Good cancer prognosis and response to treatment are intrinsically linked to the stage in which cancer is diagnosed. Therefore early detection of cancer is key.

In this area there are multiple challenges, one is the under-diagnosis of cancer and lack of specialist referral in the primary care setting and the other is the detection of cancers where symptoms only occur in later stages through accurate, cost-effective screening.

Cancer types

Although most types of cancers show better response to treatment when detected early, not all of them do it to the same degree. For instance, Hodgkin Lymphoma survival is generally high regardless of the stage while colorectal cancer survival rate falls to almost half between stage I and IV.

At the same time, we don’t have the same diagnostic and screening tools to detect different types of cancer, limiting our capacity to detect them early.

Considering the diagnostic and screening tools that are currently available, the impact of early detection and the overall incidence in the population, EIT Health has decided to put the focus on the early detection of lung and prostate cancers.

Despite the many advances made in the past decades many challenges remain; depending on the cancer type, benefits of screening and early diagnosis are not widely accepted and implementation is very costly.

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