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MEPs urge cancer prevention deal with environmental causes

In May we saw the adoption by European parliamentarians (MEPs) of a resolution that recognises the important role of environmental factors in cancer prevention.

On the 6th May 2010, the European Parliament adopted a report on the European Commission’s proposal to create a European Partnership for Action Against Cancer for the period 2009-2013 – supporting EU Member States’ efforts to tackle cancer.

The resolution distinguishes between primary prevention and early detection/screening, and calls for more research into the prevention of cancer from exposure to chemicals in our everyday environment. All EU Member States are urged to set up integrated cancer plans, to help achieve the Partnership’s long-term aim of reducing cancer by 15% by 2020.

The Parliament vote has underlined the need to pay attention to the growing body of science that shows chemical pollution in our environment and work settings contributes to Europe’s high rates of cancer.

Before the adoption in the European Parliament, HEAL worked alongside 21 European and national cancer prevention and environment and health groups to provide expertise. We welcome this resolution which indicates that the reduction of cancer incidence rates will continued to be slowed by poor implementation of existing EU and national laws on water quality, chemicals and pesticides management, and worker protection as well as lack of research and development in ‘environmental prevention’.

For more information about HEAL’s action on chemicals and health please visit Chemicals Health Monitor.



Written on 20 May 2010.

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