Polish gov't adopts cancer-fighting strategy

The strategy aims to improve cancer diagnosis at the early stages of the diseases in order to reduce mortality rates. Jacek Turczyk/PAP

The Polish cabinet on Tuesday endorsed a National Oncology Strategy for 2020-2030 that aims to increase the five-year cancer survival rate. The new strategy, prepared by the Health Ministry, replaces the cancer-fighting programme for 2016-2024.

The strategy came in response to an increase in the number of cancer cases in Poland.

The reasons for the increase include ageing society and lifestyle factors, according to the government press service CIR.

About a million Poles have been diagnosed with cancer or have undergone cancer treatment, but this figure may grow by 15 percent over the next five years and by 28 percent over the next ten years, according to CIR.

The strategy aims to improve cancer diagnosis at the early stages of the diseases in order to reduce mortality rates. It also tries to streamline oncology services to improve patients' chances of survival.

The strategy is expected to cost the Polish budget PLN 250 mln (EUR 58 mln) in 2020, PLN 450 mln (EUR 105 mln) annually in 2021-2023 and PLN 500 mln (EUR 117 mln) annually in 2024-2030.