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Doolan-Community awareness vital in detection of cancer

22 February, 2005

Dublin South East Sinn Féin Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan has called for the Government to "fund a community based information and awareness programme in the battle against cancer."

Cllr. Doolan was speaking ahead of tonight‚s information meeting being held in St Andrew's Resource Centre, Pearse Street.

Speaking today in City Hall, Cllr. Doolan said:

"Tonight's event is part of an ongoing programme of meetings being organised by the City of Dublin Development Board in partnership with the Irish Cancer Society and others including St James Hospital and Dublin City Council. The aim of the meetings is to raise awareness in communities on the need for prevention and early detection of cancer. In meeting tonight I hope we can have a discussion on steps that people can take to lessen the chances of developing cancer, we hope to also inform people about the signs and symptoms we should all be watching out for. The key is prevention and detecting cancer as early as possible.‚"

In urging the public to attend Cllr. Doolan claimed, "that there are several ways we can tackle cancer and ignorance is not one of them".

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan called on the, "the Minister for Health, Mary Harney, to fund a programme of community awareness so the battle against cancer is brought into our communities where it counts most." ENDS.

For further comment call Cllr. Doolan 086-8534666

A community information evening on prevention & early detection of cancer. Tuesday, February 22nd, St Andrew‚s Resource centre, Pearse Street.

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