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Commission president Ursula von der Leyen lost her own 11-year old sister to cancer. 'Everyone has a friend, a colleague, a relative' has fought cancer and 'experienced the same sadness and helplessness' she said (Photo: 04/02/2020)

Von der Leyen: Fight against cancer is personal

Ursula von der Leyen announced a "personal" renewed and upgraded EU-wide fight against cancer on Tuesday (4 February), revealing that she herself had lost a younger sister to the disease whilst a teenager.

The EU Commission president said Europe could do "much more" in the fight against cancer, as she launched an EU-wide consultation on a forthcoming plan to support EU countries' health policies.

Von der Leyen's commission is planning to put forward a "Europe's Beating Cancer Pl...

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Eszter Zalan is a Hungarian journalist who worked for Brussels-based news portal EUobserver specialising in European politics, focusing on populism and Brexit.

Commission president Ursula von der Leyen lost her own 11-year old sister to cancer. 'Everyone has a friend, a colleague, a relative' has fought cancer and 'experienced the same sadness and helplessness' she said (Photo: 04/02/2020)

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Eszter Zalan is a Hungarian journalist who worked for Brussels-based news portal EUobserver specialising in European politics, focusing on populism and Brexit.

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