Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Charity to share success of young people's programme

Delegates bound for European conference

A leading Ulster charity has been invited to address this year's European Cancer Conference in Spain in recognition of the success of its cancer prevention programme for young people.

Action Cancer has been asked to send a representative to the 'Cancer in Europe - sharing the responsibilities' conference in Barcelona next week to share the achievements of its Health Action programme, which is sponsored by independent retail group Centra.

The charity's health promotion manager, Emily Magrath (pictured above getting a send-off to Barcelona from Nicky Kelly of sponsor Centra) will present details of the programme - which provides cancer prevention and early detection sessions to 30,000 young people at schools and colleges each year - to hundreds of European health professionals attending the conference.

Known as Health Action, it covers a range of health issues for young people, including smoking, alcohol, nutrition, exercise and body awareness.

ECCO 14, as the conference is known, will take place at the International Conference Centre in Barcelona from September 23 to 27 and will provide the largest ever forum for the discussion of topics across the entire spectrum of cancer research and manage- ment - including the latest advances in stem cell research, treatments, complementary therapies and the influence of lifestyle choices on the development of cancer. Ms Magrath will present on September 25.

"It is a real privilege for us to be able to share information about the development and the outcomes of the Health Action programme with colleagues from across Europe and to have our work acknowledged by such a prestigious event," she said.

"With our partner, Centra, help we have been very successful in delivering key health messages to children and young people.

"It is hoped that this will impact on cancer incidences and early detections, thereby saving lives in Northern Ireland."

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