Did you know that more than 400,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the EU every year? The disease accounts for 28% of all cancer cases among women and has the highest mortality rate of any cancer. Supporting the fight against breast cancer is a priority for the EU. EU investment enables Europe’s top experts to work on new cures and improved diagnostics techniques that improve people’s quality of life. Since 2007, the EU has contributed €536 million to breast cancer research and treatment efforts. By working together across the EU, teams can share findings, advance research, and improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases.
Bulgaria’s MaXIMA project, in partnership with universities in Belgium and Italy, is an example of how collaboration is transforming the detection and treatment of breast cancer. MaXIMA project coordinator Dr. Kristina Bliznakova and her team are developing 3D models that radically improve diagnostics for breast cancer. Her team of 24 has also established new techniques for the early detection of complex types of breast cancer. Dr. Bliznakova believes teamwork is crucial: “We collaborate with an international team of experts for our research, it’s amazing to work on a project that has the potential to save so many lives.”