Minister O´Malley launches All Ireland Lung Cancer Conference
Mr. Tim O´Malley, T.D., Minister of State in the Department of Health and Children, today (6 February 2004) launched the third annual All-Ireland Lung Cancer Conference, which is being held in Adare Manor, Adare, Co Limerick this weekend.
This conference brings together leading cancer experts to address issues of common interest for lung cancer treatment. The approach of all involved is one of collaboration between experts to seek to develop a consensus on the management of lung cancer.
Minister O´Malley congratulated all those involved in the Conference and paid tribute to their work in the field of lung cancer. “This conference is important in that it allows leading experts in the delivery of cancer services to come together to share ideas and engage in dialogue and challenging debates” stated the Minister.
He went on to say that the coalition has the potential to be very successful, both in terms of its symbolic importance and, at a practical level, of enhancing the management of lung cancer.
The Minister also launched the “Guidelines for Clinical Management of Lung Cancer”, which are the product of a year´ work and dedication by a working group of this coalition.
The Minister took the opportunity to highlight the importance of the forthcoming ban on smoking. Commenting, he said “Smoking is a causative factor in 95% of lung cancer deaths. Tackling smoking requires sustained action on all fronts. These include fiscal, legislative, environmental, health promotion and other measures. The forthcoming ban on smoking is an essential part of this and will place Ireland among the world leaders in implementing a comprehensive response to deal with this harmful threat.”