Belgian news in brief, 14 September 2006

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Call for more breast cancer screening

Call for more breast cancer screening

Women's groups must inform their members better about breast cancer and convince them to have their breasts checked, Flemish Health Minister Inge Vervotte said on the Day Against Cancer in Mechelen on Thursday. Some 1,300 women die each year in Flanders from breast cancer. Vervotte hopes that within six years, 75 percent of women aged 50-69 will have undergone a mammogram. Currently, just 35 percent of women in this age group undergo a free screening, the Flemish League Against Cancer said.

Declining quality of donor organs

The quality of Belgian donor organs for transplant surgery has sharply declined in recent years, the National Association for Heart and Lung Transplants said on Thursday. The decline in quality is primarily due to a decrease in the number of weekend accidents involving youths. A total of 74 percent of the organ donors in 2005 was older than 40. In 1990, that was just 25 percent. As a result, an increasing number of donor organs cannot be used for transplant surgery. The waiting period for a new kidney has increased by 25 percent in the past six years and tripled for liver transplants.

Bikes for hire in Brussels

Billboard advertising firm JCDecaux is branching out and will offer 250 bikes for hire in Brussels. The hire sheds and bikes are already in place, consisting of a machine where customers can pay and a shed to protect from the weather. JBDcaux hopes to partly finance the project by advertising on the bike sheds. Some 230 bike sheds have been erected at 23 sites across the city. Fees start from EUR 0.50 euros for a half hour, increasing to EUR 1.50 for the entire day. Brussels paid JCDecaux EUR 178,000 to set up the new service.

Ex-Miss Belgium a pole dancer

Former Miss Belgium Tanja Dexters has made a pole dancing fitness instruction DVD together with Belgium's best pole dancer Gwendy Bosmans. The DVD will be sold with every copy of 'P-Magazine' from 3 October, together with a clip of Tanja's latest single. More and more stars are starting to pole dance, such as Kate Moss and US actress Kate Hudson. Pole dancing workouts are increasingly being found in fitness centres, Bosmans said.

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