New SAPEA Evidence Review Report on Cancer Screening in the EU

New SAPEA Evidence Review Report on Cancer Screening in the EU

SAPEA has published a new Evidence Review Report on ‘Improving Cancer Screening in the European Union’. Cardiff University played a major role in building the evidence base.

Cardiff University undertook three rapid reviews, a lighter form of a full systematic review.  The Review Team was led by Dr Alison Weightman (Director of the Specialist Unit for Review Evidence), together with Dr Nick Courtier, Dr Hui-Ling Ou (University of Cambridge) and Louise Edwards (Hub Manager). 

The three rapid reviews are published separately on the SAPEA website. The top-line results are included in the main SAPEA Evidence Review Report

Ole Petersen, Vice-President of Academia Europaea and Director of the Academia Europaea Cardiff Knowledge Hub said,

“I congratulate the Review Team, led by Dr Alison Weightman and coordinated by AE Cardiff, on the publication of the three rapid reviews. The Review Team has worked tirelessly to produce these three reviews, which form an important part of the evidence base assembled by SAPEA.”

About the ‘Improving Cancer Screening’ project

The Group of Chief Scientific Advisors asked SAPEA to produce an Evidence Review Report on the following questions:

“How can cancer screening programmes targeting breast, cervical and colorectal cancers, be improved throughout the EU?

What is the scientific basis for extending such screening programmes to other cancers e.g. lung, prostate and gastric cancers, and ensuring their feasibility throughout the EU?

Which are the main scientific elements to consider, and best practices to promote, for optimising risk-based cancer screening and early diagnosis throughout the EU?”

The Evidence Review Report has been written by a group of world-leading experts nominated by academies across Europe, including Academia Europaea. This report was used to inform the Scientific Opinion of the Advisors.

The SAPEA Evidence Review Report, together with supporting reviews and documents and the Scientific Opinion of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, were published on 2nd March. Following the launch of the reports, there will be an extensive campaign of promotion and outreach throughout 2022.

AE Cardiff’s role in the project

Academia Europaea oversaw the production of the three rapid reviews, as well as coordinating the peer review of the SAPEA report. Find out more on the SAPEA website.

2nd March 2022. For further information please contact

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