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Cancon_PolicyPaper5_Inequalities

Cancon_PolicyPaper5_Inequalities

Cancer Control Joint

Cancer Control Joint Action – Policy Papers CONTENTS 1 Recommendations at a glance ...................................................................................... 3 2 Executive Summary........................................................................................................ 5 3 Introduction .................................................................................................................... 8 4 Recommendations ......................................................................................................... 12 5 Conclusions..................................................................................................................... 30 6 References....................................................................................................................... 31 2

Tackling Social Inequalities in Cancer Prevention and Control 1 Recommendations at a glance Capacity-building for cancer prevention and control Recommendation 1: Embed equity within the cancer prevention and control policies in all European Union Member States. Specific Recommendation (S.R.) 1.1: Formulate specific objectives that aim to tackle social inequalities in cancer across the whole population with additional emphasis on socially vulnerable groups. S.R. 1.2: Include indicators of social inequality within the quality criteria established for cancer prevention and control programmes. Recommendation 2: Align cancer prevention and control policies with a Health in all Policies approach. S.R. 2.1: Create a multi-sectoral working group that includes experts on social inequalities in health to embed a Health in all Policies approach within cancer policies. S.R. 2.2: Assess the impact of current and new policies, programmes, and health services on social inequalities in cancer. S.R. 2.3: Produce a report on social inequalities in cancer, and make it available to the public. Recommendation 3: Adopt a Health Equity Impact Assessment framework. S.R. 3.1: Assess the evidence on social inequalities in cancer and identify any gaps in knowledge. S.R. 3.2: Introduce a unique national identifier to facilitate safe record linkage between different databases in each European country in order to monitor social inequalities in cancer. S.R. 3.3: Collect information on patient reported outcome measures (PROM), and link this information with cancer registry data. S.R. 3.4: Use the Health Equity Impact Assessment tool to assess systematically the impact of policies on social inequalities in cancer. Recommendation 4: Engage and empower communities and patients in cancer prevention and control activities. S.R. 4.1: Involve communities and patient associations in decision making processes. S.R. 4.2: Ensure that socially vulnerable groups are involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of health policies related to cancer prevention and control. S.R. 4.3: Ensure that all patients receive up-to-date and accurate information and are proactively involved in their care. 3

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