EUROCADET aims to underpin European, national and even regional policies to prevent cancer by providing estimates of the potential impact that interventions directed at key determinants of the incidence of cancer may have on the future burden of cancer in the various parts of Europe up to 2040.
Summary of Eurocadet objectives
The project had 3 main objectives:
Estimate the prevalence and quantitative impact on cancer incidence of major lifestyle-related risk factors like smoking, excessive alcohol use, fruit and vegetable consumption, overweight and physical activity and socio-economic determinants like educational level. This concerned cancers of the oral cavity, larynx, lung, oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, colon and rectum, bladder, kidney, breast, endometrium and prostate, together comprising about 60% of the incidence.
Assess the potential to reduce exposure to these determinants by reviewing evidence of effectiveness of interventions and policies, assessing the implementation of effective ones, and detecting barriers to a successful implementation.
Estimate the future burden of cancer based on autonomous trends and scenarios of maximal implementation of effective interventions, also taking into account the tremendous variation in determinants and incidence of cancer in Europe.