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 165,000 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 from Monday 24 to Sunday 30 September and hopes to inspire every community to take part.
Cancer Week Ireland was devised and set up by the Irish Cancer Society and Trinity College Dublin.
But Cancer Week is not about us – it’s about you!
Since 2014 Cancer Week Ireland has been asking the public to start a conversation about cancer. We know it’s tough, but talking about cancer is vital if we are to remove the stigma associated with the disease.
Cancer is no longer the death sentence it once was. Cancer Week Ireland is about encouraging us all to open up about cancer so that the fear of the past can be replaced by hope for better outcomes and a brighter future.