Help Irish Cancer Soc. Services for 25,000 people

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Nov 7, 2013

November Update - Reducing the Risk of Cancer.

Thank you for choosing to support the Irish Cancer Society - at the Irish Cancer Society our vision and our ambition is nothing less than a future without cancer. Earlier this year we launched our strategy; Towards a Future without Cancer and are working hard concentrating on the four strategic goals outlined in this strategy;

  1. Reduce the Risk of Cancer
  2. Improve Lives
  3. Lead Excellent Collaborative Research
  4. Inform and Influence Public Policy.

Focusing on one of our strategic goals; Reduce the Risk of Cancer; A person’s risk of developing some forms of cancer can be reduced by up to 50% through healthy lifestyle choices. We know that smoking is the single biggest cause of preventable death in Ireland, and that increased levels of physical activity, alcohol consumption and obesity add to the challenge of cancer prevention.

The Irish Cancer Society intends to play its part in reversing these trends. In the next five years, we at the Irish Cancer Society are going to develop new programmes so that more people become aware of how they can reduce their risk of cancer. We want to help communities and individuals make positive changes. This is especially important for people from marginalised groups; throughout Ireland people who live in these communities have a higher incidence of cancer and poorer survival rates than those in higher socio-economic groups.

The Irish Cancer Society wants to close this gap and will do so through providing information and building relationships at a local level; empowering communities to take ownership and control of their own health futures. Our targets within the goal ‘Reduce the Risk of Cancer’ include; 

  • The establishment of “Cancer Action Communities” in two communities by 2014, to be rolled out following evaluation to two further communities in 2015 and 2016.
  • The introduction of innovative, evidence-based cancer prevention programmes for targeted population groups in the area of smoking and lifestyle, including diet and physical activity, UV protection and alcohol, informed by independent qualitative and quantitative evaluation.
  • The resourcing and support of communities to become smoke-free environments.
  • A reduction in smoking prevalence nationally to 15% in adults and 7% in young people by 2017.

95% of the Irish Cancer Society's income comes from public donations and fundraising. With 90,000 people living with cancer in Ireland and with statistics indicating that 1 in 3 people will be affected by cancer in their lifetime our services and our risk reduction messages are vital. The funds we receive from Global Giving go directly towards providing these services for cancer patients and their families in Ireland- so THANK YOU for your support; you are making a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.


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Sarah Dalton

Dublin 4, Ireland

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