The Irish Cancer Society helps more than 25,000 people each year who are affected by cancer.Our vision is a future without cancer. Our services range from counselling & support, cancer information & awareness, nursing services and research. In 2012 we had many notable achievements; We received over 22,000 calls to our national cancer helpline, we provided over 8400 nights care to 2100 people and we now have 7 Daffodil Centres around the country that were visited by over 11,000 people.
The challenge we face - Cancer will affect one in three people in Ireland during their lifetime.
- The latest data from the National Cancer Registry of Ireland indicates that there were 29,775 cases of cancer diagnosed in 2007, with the Central Statistics Office recording 8,317 deaths from the disease.
- Cancer is the second most common cause of death in Ireland, responsible for 25 percent of all deaths each year.
- Furthermore, new cancer cases are expected to reach over 40,000 by 2020
The Irish Cancer Society runs nationwide cancer awareness, prevention and early detection campaigns to help people learn how to reduce their risk of developing cancer; provides information and support to people with cancer and their families and friends; provides nursing care for people with cancer at the end stage of their cancer journey in their own homes; funds pre-clinical & clinical research in hospitals and universities across Ireland; and advocates for the National Cancer Control Strategy
The long term impact of the project is to better educate the public on cancer and on the ways to prevent it. We want to teach the community about the early signs and symptoms of cancer, and to help them in preventing cancer by taking protection and leading a healthy lifestyle. The project will also have a positive effect on community members and their families who are affected by cancer through our patient care, nursing services and counselling/support programmes.