Frances Fitzgerald, MEP for Dublin, has recently highlighted her concern about the growing prevalence of lung cancer in women across Europe. Speaking in the European Parliament while hosting an event entitled “Lung Cancer: Early Diagnosis & Screening”, in cooperation with Lung Cancer Europe, the European Respiratory Society and the European Lung Foundation, Mrs Fitzgerald took note of the importance of early detection and screening, and called for the European Commission to examine how to effectively tackle increasing instances of lung cancer in women.

“Lung cancer is now the third most prevalent cancer amongst women in the EU, after breast cancer and colorectum cancer, while it is the second most prevalent cancer amongst men after prostate cancer. However while instances of lung cancer amongst men are decreasing, the same cannot be said for women, with instances of lung cancer rising.” “As has been done with breast cancer, a comprehensive approach to lung cancer needs to be taken, incorporating research, diagnostics, patient supports and post-treatment return to the workforce, amongst other things. The EU has the potential to work with and support Member States in this valuable work through a comprehensive European Master Plan to tackle cancer and a special European Parliament committee on cancer, which my group the European People’s Party have championed.” “I look forward to working with incoming European Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakides, in tackling lung cancer at a European level and ensuring that we can mobilise all our available resources to dramatically decrease instances of lung cancer”

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