National Decade against Cancer

The National Decade against Cancer brings together numerous key players to work on ensuring effective cancer research, in which patients are closely involved and which offers them increasingly improved prospects.

Launched by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and scheduled to run for ten years, the alliance aims to mobilize people in Germany to address the topic of cancer research. At the same time, it is also designed to reinforce support for research itself. Innovations should receive more targeted support and be made available to patients faster. By joining forces, it is hoped that there will be fewer new cases, cancer will be diagnosed more quickly and that better treatments will be developed.

Mission, Goals, Tasks

The National Decade against Cancer established three working groups: “Major unanswered questions in cancer research”, “Prevention” and “Generating knowledge through networking, research and health care”. In addition to this, a “Communication” project team was set up, comprising experts from the public relations and press departments of the Decade’s partner institutions since it is also an important task of the Strategy Committee to draw attention to the National Decade against Cancer programme.