Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1215)

Carol Nolan


1215. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Health his plans to implement a skin cancer prevention action plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32108/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Skin Cancer Prevention Plan 2019-2022 is an action arising out of the National Cancer Strategy.  I launched this important plan with Minister Simon Harris on 27th May.

The plan was developed by the Department of Health in conjunction with the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) and key stakeholders including other Government Departments and national organisations representing priority groups, including the Irish Cancer Society, Marie Keating Foundation, the Irish Skin Foundation and Breakthrough Cancer Research.

The plan focuses on awareness of skin cancer prevention and has identified the priority groups as children, outdoor workers, those who participate in outdoor leisure activities and sunbed users.

An implementation group to oversee the implementation of the plan will be established in the coming weeks.