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

People visiting mega lungs display


Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Cervical cancer pamphlet

End of January

European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

World Cancer Day graphic

4 February

World Cancer Day

Online bowel health checker


Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

SunSmart farmer

May to September

SunSmart - Skin Cancer Awareness

Understanding brain tumours booklet


Brain Tumour Awareness Month

Infographic: 12 ways to reduce your cancer risk

End of May

European Week Against Cancer

Breaking a cigarette in half

End of May

World No Tobacco Day

Man holding bladder


Men's Health Week

Understanding kidney cancer booklet

End of June

World Kidney Cancer Day

Young girl


Sarcoma Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer symptoms


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Middle aged man


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.