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Alliance for Cancer Prevention: Helen Lynn wins Alan 2013 award

Long-term campaigner and facilitator of the Alliance for Cancer Prevention in the UK, Helen Lynn won the Alan 2013 award at the Hazards Campaign annual conference this year.

It was given for her work at local, national and international level in issues related to environment and health, women’s health, and especially the occupational and environmental causes. A special reference was made to her achievements in boosting recognition of the role of environmental and occupational factors in causing cancer and to her critique of "pink washing" in which the cancer charities focus on treatment of breast cancer instead of focusing on the factors that cause the cancer in the first place.

The Hazards Campaign is a network of resource centres and campaigners on health and safety working in the UK. The award is a tribute to Alan Dalton, who was bankrupted for attacking the asbestos industry and "grey-listed" by the British government’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for exposing its shortcomings and secrecy. More information available here

Watch Helen’s moving and funny speech on receiving the award here

Originally posted on 7 October 2013

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