Cancer awareness and prevention
Stopping cancer before it starts is a key goal of the Irish Cancer Society. We know 4 out of every 10 cancers can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle. For example, we can watch what we eat, choose not to smoke, limit our alcohol consumption and take regular exercise.
We run programmes designed to raise awareness of cancer symptoms, increase cancer prevention and to help people to make lifestyle changes that can help reduce their risk of cancer.
Cancer awareness periods
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
End of January
European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week
World Cancer Day
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
May to September
SunSmart - Skin Cancer Awareness
Brain Tumour Awareness Month
End of May
European Week Against Cancer
End of May
World No Tobacco Day
Men's Health Week
End of June
World Kidney Cancer Day
Sarcoma Awareness Month
Blood Cancer Awareness Month
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
World Pancreatic Cancer Day
Preventing cancer in the community
We work with communities across Ireland to raise awareness about cancer and provide free information, care and services for people affected by cancer.
We do this by focusing on hard-to-reach communities where cancer rates are highest, as well as by partnering with local community organisations, other health charities and bodies.
Learn more about our community partnerships.