Today FM Shave or Dye’s impact

Who is Today FM's Shave or Dye for?

Cancer affects 1 in 3 people in Ireland. Every year, more than 30,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in Ireland and this figure is estimated to rise to 43,000 by the year 2020. That’s why we need your help (and head) more than ever.

The Irish Cancer Society is the largest voluntary funder of cancer research in Ireland, and invested more than €3.3 million in cancer research in 2012. Research funded by the Society has led to major advances in cancer research and more than 650 important research findings have been discovered. With your support in 2014 we will continue to make such advancements.

If you are concerned about or affected by cancer, please call the National Cancer Helpline on Freefone 1800 200 700 for advice, support and information.

You help us fund research

“My research involves looking at how tumour cells interact with the immune system and trying to use these insights to discover novel ways of detecting cancer and identifying potential targets for cancer therapy. The Irish Cancer Society research fellowship will allow me to establish myself as a forerunner in the field of cancer specific immune responses in Ireland, and will give me the opportunity to translate my research from bench to bedside”.
- Dr. Gregor Kijanka, Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, Dublin City University

Find out more about cancer research.

You help us provide financial support

If you have money concerns regarding your cancer diagnosis, you can talk to us: we provide information on financial aid and where to find support.

We've created a special fund to help families in financial hardship when faced with a cancer diagnosis. The fund is for patients that have been diagnosed with cancer, and who are personally unable to meet a specific financial burden that arises exclusively out of a diagnosis or treatment of cancer. This is a limited fund for needy cases, where other non-charitable sources are unable to help (like social welfare assistance, community welfare officer, or community groups).

You help us connect people

Being diagnosed with cancer can be one of the most difficult situations a person will have to face in their lifetime. All of our Survivors Supporting Survivors volunteers have had a cancer diagnosis. The volunteers have been carefully selected and trained to give support, practical information and reassurance when you need it most. You can speak to someone who really knows what you're going through. Learn more about this programme.

Thank you

This is just a sample of the range of services we offer. The Irish Cancer Society is 94% funded by members of the public - which is why we need people like you more than ever!

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