Every 15 minutes someone in Ireland hears the words ‘You have cancer’.
Cancer rates are rising but so too are survival rates. This year an estimated 40,000 people across the country will be diagnosed with cancer. At the same time there are more than 170,000 people living with and beyond cancer.
Cancer has touched every family in every community in Ireland. Cancer Week Ireland is about opening up a national conversation about cancer and for communities and organisations, large and small, to be part of that conversation this September.
Cancer Week Ireland is taking place between Monday, September 25th and Sunday, October 1st and hopes to inspire every community to take part.
Cancer Week Ireland is the brain child of the Irish Cancer Society and Trinity College Dublin. Ireland’s first Cancer Week took place in 2014 and the theme was ‘Living with Cancer’.
This inaugural Cancer Week brought together national and international experts to discuss improvements in cancer treatments, as well as tackling the physical and emotional consequences that a cancer diagnosis can bring.
In 2015 the Cancer Week concept continued to grow and led to another successful week-long programme of events in September on the theme of cancer research and clinical trials.
Now in its fourth year, Cancer Week is rolling out nationally to become Cancer Week Ireland. This year it wants to start a national conversation about cancer and how more people are surviving as more advances are made in detection and treatment.