Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Top cancer doctors gather for conference

Experts discussed the future of cancer treatment in Northern Ireland
Experts discussed the future of cancer treatment in Northern Ireland

Some of Northern Ireland’s top cancer doctors have gathered to examine how best to tackle the disease.

A conference was held yesterday to review recent developments in cancer services, including key areas of work in cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis and follow-up.

The aim of the conference was to determine best where next cancer experts need to direct their energies in Northern Ireland.

The Cancer Collaboration in Action conference was hosted by the Public Health Agency (PHA), Health and Social Care Board and the NI Cancer Network.

Dr Miriam McCarthy, consultant in public health medicine at the PHA, said: “While cancer survival rates have increased significantly over the past 10 to 15 years, we cannot be complacent.

“There are around 9,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed each year and with more people than ever living with cancer as a chronic illness, more needs to be done.”

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