Daffodil Day volunteers on Daffodil Day

About the Irish Cancer Society

We are dedicated to preventing cancer, detecting it early and fighting it at every level.

We are a community of survivors, families, patients, friends, nurses, doctors, scientists, professionals, supporters and volunteers.

For over 55 years we have worked together for and on behalf of people affected by cancer. 

Cancer in Ireland

It was estimated that in 2018 more than 40,000 people in Ireland were diagnosed with cancer or a related tumour. More people in Ireland are being diagnosed with cancer now than ever before. Our services and supports are more in demand and this will continue for the foreseeable future. The need for our work in research and advocacy is more important now as we try to find better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

We can all do more to reduce our risk of getting cancer. Four in ten cancer cases are preventable. Yet many people are still unaware of cancer risk factors. This highlights the need to raise awareness about the causes of cancer and to provide services that support people to live healthier lives.

Being told you have cancer can be devastating. The good news is that many people go on to live long lives after a diagnosis. There are now more than 200,000 cancer survivors in Ireland. This means that there is a growing need for the support that the Irish Cancer Society provides for survivors.

Cancer in Ireland infographic
Our values

Compassionate and caring

We are here for everyone affected by cancer in Ireland. From the moment you are diagnosed, right through treatment and beyond we are there for you. We listen, we support, we provide care and practical help.

We are a community of cancer patients, families, supporters, survivors, researchers and volunteers.

Available and accessible

We are determined to help everyone affected by cancer, no matter who you are or where you are from. We know that people living in disadvantaged communities have a greater risk of getting and dying from cancer. We are working with these communities to change that.


We aim for excellence in all we do. We are in constant contact with people affected by cancer, the medical community and the public. These connections help us to find out what people need and what works best for them. Our services and decisions are informed by best quality knowledge, data and expertise.

Collaboration and partnership

We believe collaborating and working in partnership is the best way to achieve our vision. We build alliances and work with local communities, businesses and global partners to deliver the best results.

Transparency and integrity

We work to the highest standards of governance and accountability. This means we are honest and ethical in our work and worthy of the ongoing trust and support of our volunteers and donors. Accountability, transparency and cost effectiveness are vital to us.

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