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de Brún outlines link between poverty and cancer

9 April, 2008


Bairbre de Brún MEP today drew the attention of the European Parliament to the issue of women and cancer, calling for strategies to be put in place to take into account the situation of women, and in particular the need for "free and regular cervical screening and free and prompt breast cancer screening".

Speaking in the European Parliament during today's debate on combating cancer in the enlarged EU, de Brún said:

"I would particularly like to take up the issue of women and cancer. Strategies need to be put in place to take into account the situation of women, and in particular the need for free and regular cervical screening and free and prompt breast cancer screening."

She went on to outline the link between poverty and cancer saying that:

"Poverty is a key factor in ill-health. People living in poverty get sicker and die earlier than those who are better off. This is particularly true of cancer prevention and cure.

"Too often, health policy concentrates on the treatment of ill health rather than on its prevention. When I was Health Minister in the north of Ireland, I was responsible for developing a strategy to address the wider issues, particularly social and economic inequalities, which cause poor health." Críoch

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