On the 6th May, The European Parliament adopted a resolution that calls for more research into the prevention of cancer as a result of exposure to chemicals in our everyday environment.
The resolution welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to create a European Partnership for Action Against Cancer for the period 2009-2013 – supporting European Member States’ efforts to tackle cancer. All Member States are urged to set up integrated cancer plans, to help achieve the Partnership’s long-term aim of reducing cancer by 15% by 2020.
The vote has underlined the need to pay attention to the growing body of science that shows chemical pollution in our environment and work settings contributes to Europe’s high rates of cancer.
HEAL welcomes the Parliament’s resolution which rightly recognises that the reduction of cancer incidence rates will continued to be held-up by poor implementation of existing EU and national laws on water quality, chemicals and pesticides management, and worker protection as well as lack of research and development in ‘environmental prevention’.
Written on 11 May 2010.