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Gerry Adams attends Breast Cancer Awareness conference in West Belfast

29 September, 2003

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP speaking at a conference hosted by Sinn Féin at BIFHE in West Belfast has highlighted the importance of increasing awareness of Breast Cancer.

Mr Adams said:

"I want to welcome Liz Atkinson, Action Cancer's Director of Services, Professor Patrick Johnston, Oncologist at the City Hospital to this mornings press conference.

"October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Campaigners and activists will be working hard this month to raise awareness about this disease and to specifically highlight the importance of early detection, research and the need for significantly increased resourcing.

"Today's event is one contribution to this, and I am pleased to say that it also provides us with an opportunity to publicise the Action Cancer mobile clinic which will be visiting west Belfast and will be based at:

  • BIFHE's Whiterock Campus on Sept 29th and 30th
  • The Ballymurphy Women's Centre October 1st
  • Maureen Sheehan Centre, Albert Street October 22nd
  • Tar Anall, Conway Street October 23rd
  • Tullymore Community Centre October 27th
  • Colin Community Forum, Dairyfarm Shopping Centre October 28th

"This is an important initiative for women throughout this constituency. The statistics surrounding Breast Cancer are absolutely appalling - 300 women die each year in the north while almost a thousand new cases are diagnosed. But these figures give no sense of the trauma, pain and anguish that individual women and their families endure. Anyone who read Christine Bradley's account of her experiences in last week's Andersonstown News will have been given just a small insight into the enormous difficulties faced by individuals and their families.

"I know personally of this as it has affected friends and family members. My hope is that the initiative we are announcing today, coupled with the work of the coming month, will increase personal awareness among women and that lives will be saved.

"Prevention is the key to tackling breast cancer.I would urge women, but especially those in West Belfast where the mobile clinic will be visiting this month, to avail of its screening service.

"I would also like to commend those who have set up stalls this morning - The Ballymurphy Women's Centre, Tar Anall and Cancer Lifeline." ENDS

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