The Irish Cancer Society's General Election Advocacy Campaign is hinged on a 3 Point Plan. We have asked the main political parties to support this Plan which is to:
- tackle Ireland’s high rate of smoking
- extend the age groups screened for breast and bowel cancer and
- pass legislation currently being prepared to control the use of sunbeds in Ireland.
Find out more about the 3 Point Plan and how you can spread the word.
If cancer is high on the health agenda, we will start to make real headway in cutting cancer rates and increasing survival rates in Ireland.
Our campaign is called 'iCAN' because the campaign focuses on giving the thousands of the Society’s volunteers and supporters and cancer survivors from around the country the opportunity to have their voice heard by all election candidates. We have printed 10,000 business cards that ask people to:
- Raise the issue of cancer with canvassers at the door
- Phone election candidates
- Visit www2.cancer.ie/iCAN and send a letter to the election candidates
- Sign our pledge of support on www2.cancer.ie/iCAN
- 'Like' the Irish Cancer Society on Facebook
We have also printed car bumper stickers, fact sheets and posters which can be downloaded from our website.
Political parties have given us very positive feedback about our 3 Point Plan. Cancer is a disease that 1 in 3 of us will be diagnosed with and is therefore a major health issue for the new Government. The good news is that more and more people are surviving cancer so we are making a strong call to Government to focus on policies that support the prevention and early detection of cancer.
Our 3 Point Plan is very simple and we are delighted that so many volunteers are helping us with the iCAN campaign. Why don't you visit our website now and take a few moments to add your name to the pledge or send a letter to all your election candidates by simply clicking a button?
We will be monitoring the activity of the new Government to ensure our 3 Point Plan remains a high priority for them and will update you on our progress in the next issue of Spotlight.