Cancer scheme aims to save lives

irelandA foundation to promote high standards of cancer care for the whole of Ireland aims to save up to 1,000 lives a year.

The All-Ireland Cancer Foundation, which brings together business leaders and clinicians, will be launched in Belfast on Monday.

It aims for excellence in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Foundation chairman Dr Art Cosgrove said: "The burden of cancer in Ireland is too great to leave to governments and health services alone."

He added: "The prevention of cancer is everyone's business.

"The All Ireland Cancer Foundation brings together leaders in business with clinicians with the aim of promoting excellence in cancer care.

"The goal is to save up to 1,000 lives every year."

The conference will be held at the Waterfront Hall. Its website said that each year there are more than 25,000 new cancer cases and 11,000 cancer deaths in Ireland.

The four most common cancers, breast, colorectal, lung and prostate account for over half of the cancer burden and many of these cases can be prevented or cured.

The conference will look at why lung cancer is more common in urban areas such as Dublin and Belfast.

Prostate cancer levels are higher in the Republic of Ireland than in the north.

The conference will also discuss why regions in the east of Ireland have significantly more breast, colorectal, lung, prostate and stomach cancers than expected.

An agreement to support international collaboration in cancer control will also be signed at the event.

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