The Assembly has asked member States to ensure that all breast cancer patients have effective access, wherever their place of residence, to quality-assured diagnosis and treatment. The resolution unanimously adopted today, on the basis of the report by Stella Kyriakides (Cyprus, EPP/CD), underlines that women should have access to national mammography screening programmes, as well as to accurate information on the potential benefits and risks of these programmes.
The parliamentarians stressed that the efforts must not be confined to screening and treatment. It is also necessary to outlaw any discrimination against breast cancer patients, in particular in the employment and insurance spheres.
According to the text adopted, breast cancer is still the most common cancer in European women and has the highest mortality of any cancer in women.