Sinn Féin MEP, Martina Anderson attended the launch of the European Cancer Patients’ Bill of Rights at the European Parliament in Strasbourg today to mark World Cancer Day.

Ms Anderson said:

“I am pleased to be present today at the launch of the European Cancer Patients’ Bill of Rights – a special patient-centred initiative for citizens which provides a framework to work towards optimum standards of care for cancer patients.

“I am especially pleased to see our incoming Queen’s University, Belfast, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick Johnston here to showcase some of the excellent work and research which is taking place in the North of Ireland in this field – putting us on the map with advanced knowledge, research and expertise. Currently Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Queen’s and Co-Chair of the European Cancer Concord, Professor Johnston, a world recognised expert on Cancer, is helping to transform patient care through his leadership of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen’s. He is due to take up his new post at Queen’s on 3 March.

“Having worked as Shadow Rapporteur on European legislation on tobacco control, and given that smoking is the single biggest cause of cancer worldwide, I am especially aware of just how important continued research into cancer is, not just in pursuit of medical cures and treatments but on prevention methods also.

“As part of my efforts in highlighting the terrible causes and effects of cancers, I will be holding an event at Stormont on April 7th focusing on the increase of lung cancer in women.

“I commend those who were present here today who continue this fight for high standards for cancer patients” CRÍOCH

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