On Demand Satellite Symposium
Vision Zero Satellite Symposium
VISION-ZERO E.V. - TOGETHER AGAINST CANCER
AN INITIATIVE FOR A NEW APPROACH IN ONCOLOGY
Daniel Bahr, München; Dr. Ruth Hecker, Essen, Prof. Dr. Dr. Michael von Bergwelt, München, Dr. Georg Ralle, München
We are committed to bringing the number of avoidable deaths from cancer close to zero.
For years, the statistics have painted the same sad picture: in Germany, around every fourth citizen dies from cancer – that’s 600 people per day, 220,000 per year. But a large number of these deaths could be avoided through better prevention and early detection, more precise diagnostics, the faster transfer of therapeutic innovations into practice, and access to care across the country that conforms to the guidelines and is individually optimised. Our goal is therefore to make sure that the potential held in these approaches is fulfilled and consequently to reduce the number of avoidable deaths from cancer significantly - ideally to zero. This “Vision Zero” is based on extraordinarily successful models in the fields of worker safety and in road traffic; over the past decades, the number of road deaths has been reduced by 90%, even as traffic has greatly increased. We believe that we can be just as successful in oncology and that cancer does not have to be one of the main causes of death in the future if we join forces and focus on this issue.