Irish Cancer Society

  • A conference in County Galway is today bringing together a wide range of experts to discuss living with cancer.

    The event, organised by the Irish Cancer Society, will be attended by up to 400 cancer survivors, along with their families, friends and carers.

    The society's CEO, Averil Power says it's their chance to listen to survivors and share information about living with cancer.

  • Thousands of volunteers will be taking to the streets tomorrow, Daffodil Day, to help raise funds for people affected by cancer.

    The Irish Cancer Society is hoping to raise €4 million in donations tomorrow to meet the increasing demand for its free support services.

    Over the course of Daffodil Day alone, 150 people in this country will receive a cancer diagnosis.

    98% of the charity's income comes from donations, and money collected tomorrow in the sale of fresh daffodils and daffodil pins will help funding lifesaving research and services including Night Nursing and Daffodil Centres.

  • The Irish Cancer Society has announced emergency funding so that women directly affected by the CervicalCheck controversy can have free counselling in their own community.

    Funds will be made available for an additional 500 counselling sessions in 25 Irish Cancer Society-affiliated Support Centres across the country, including Mayo Cancer Support Association, Castlebar in Mayo, Roscommon Cancer Support Centre and Tuam Cancer Care Centre. The society has taken the step in response to the significant increase in the numbers of women seeking advice and support from the charity around CervicalCheck and their smear test results.

    The announcement brings to 8,000 the number of free counselling sessions for people affected by cancer which the Irish Cancer Society will provide funding for in 2018.

    Donal Buggy is Head of Advocacy at the Irish Cancer Society and told Midwest News this evening that this is important additional funding for counselling services.

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    The Irish Cancer Society's annual national conference for cancer survivors is just getting underway in County Cork.

    Around 400 survivors, their families, friends and carers are expected to attend the event.

    A range of speakers - including some who have beaten cancer themselves - will share their experiences and knowledge.

  • A major fund raising drive is underway from this evening for the Irish Cancer Society in Mayo. 

    Breaffy Sports Arena in Castlebar is the venue for the 24 hour Relay for Life event that brings the community together to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, and to remember those who have died of the disease.

    The event starts at 6pm this evening and will continue into tomorrow as teams will walk the track for 24 hours.

     There will be entertainment and cancer information available, including a candle light ceremony to remember lives lost to cancer.

    There will also be a survivor’s lap to celebrate all those fighting cancer.

     Last year in Mayo alone, 729 people received a cancer diagnosis, all funds raised from the 24 hour event will support free local cancer services and fund life saving cancer research.

  • Mayo & Tooreen hurler Cathal Freeman is going to run 42km in his back garden while soloing a ball to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society and also to buy PPE for HSE staff.

    The talented hurler is a medical student and says he is doing very little with his time at the moment and would love to do something worthwhile and meaningful.

    Freeman will commence the challenge on Sunday morning.

    Speaking to Midwest Sport today says he wanted to do something to contribute to the current situation.

    Cathal has a GoFund me page set up and Mayo GAA TV will cover the fundraiser on their Facebook page.

  • The Irish Cancer Society is calling on people to support Daffodil Day today, to ensure Irish patients can benefit from new research.

    Thousands of the organisation's volunteers will be shaking buckets across the country today and selling daffodils to raise much needed funds.

    Irish women could be the first in the world to trial potential new breast cancer treatment.

     Chief executive of Irish Cancer Society Averil Power says it will tackle an aggressive form of the disease.

  • People working outdoors are urged to be extra vigilant during the Summer months, to reduce their risk of skin cancer.

    The Irish Cancer Society says almost one in four skin cancer deaths in Ireland are from the construction, outdoor and farming industries.

    In 2016, over 60 deaths in Ireland were related to sun exposure at work - which is more than one death per week.

    The Irish Cancer Society says the dangers of skin cancer in these industries have often been neglected, because the risk of accidental death and injury on the job is considered higher and more immediate.

    However, long-term exposure to the invisible hazard of the sun's UV rays puts outdoor workers at a high risk of skin cancer.

    Every year in Ireland, almost 12,000 people are diagnosed with skin cancer - with more men than women being affected.

    Outdoor workers - including farmers, fishermen, builders and postal workers - are being urged to take every precaution to protect their skin while exposed to the sun.