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Wednesday, 9 October 2019 - Brussels Provisional edition

Fight against cancer (debate)

  Petra De Sutter, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group. – Mr President, we just heard the figures. I won’t repeat them, but I just want to say that in Europe we account for more than 20% of global cancer cases and deaths, whereas we only have 9% of the global population, so something is particularly wrong in Europe. We know that this leads to considerable direct health and indirect social and economic costs, and of course it should be a priority for this Parliament, so I very much welcome the initiative, the debate of today.

However, in light of the ‘health in all policies’ approach, I want to stress that we really should invest much more in prevention because all Europeans are exposed daily to several substances that we know are proven to be carcinogenic or pro—carcinogenic. Banning these should be a key priority because we don’t only need to fight against cancer but also against its causes, and this would perfectly fit in the zero-pollution ambition of the incoming Commission.

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