HC Deb 15 September 2004 vol 424 c1634W
Mrs. Iris Robinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what(a) conclusions he has drawn and (b) actions he has taken following the publication of the second cancer statistics report of the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry. [188676]

Angela Smith

The "All-Ireland Cancer Statistics Second Report 1998–2000" is a comprehensive and constructive outcome of the Memorandum of Understanding between Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the National Cancer Institute in America. The report's data harmonisation, analysis and research will undoubtedly help to enhance our understanding of cancer. The report highlights areas of success and makes recommendations for action to improve cancer outcomes.

Detailed consideration of the report's findings and recommendations is being undertaken as part of the work of the Northern Ireland Regional Cancer Services Framework Steering Group, which is chaired by the Chief Medical Officer. The Framework Steering Group was set up in January 2004 to consider the future development of cancer services, including prevention, early detection, screening and treatment. The Framework Steering Group, which aims to build on existing health promotion initiatives such as the Tobacco Action Plan, is expected to complete its recommendations by December 2004.

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