Cancer prevention and awareness resources

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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. 

The booklets, leaflets, factsheets, posters and other resources listed below provide information on how to reduce your risk of developing a variety of cancers.

Reducing cancer risk
The European Code Against Cancer gives advice on 12 ways to reduce cancer risk.
12 ways to reduce your cancer risk              The European Code Against Cancer, developed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the European Commission 2014,  aims to inform people about actions they can take for themselves or their families to reduce their risk of cancer.  Cancer specialists and scientists from across Europe compiled the code based on the latest scientific evidence on cancer prevention. It consists of twelve recommendations that most people can follow without any special
12 ways to reduce your cancer risk infographic
Share our infographic with your friends and family or read the advice below on 12 ways to reduce your cancer risk.
Spotting cancer early
You are more likely to survive cancer if you find it at an early stage.
Spot Cancer Early leaflet
Spot Cancer Early leaflet
Our Spot Cancer Early leaflet gives you information on some of the key changes to look for when checking your body for change that could be cancer
Spot Cancer Early poster
Spot Cancer Early poster
Our Spot Cancer Early poster gives you information on some of the key changes to look for when checking your body for change that could be cancer
Women's health
Information on cancer in general along with information on specific cancers that affect women.
Healthy living woman's guide booklet
Healthy living and cancer - A woman's guide booklet
This booklet looks at cancer in general but also cancers specific to women.
Breast cancer leaflet
Breast Cancer - What You Should Know leaflet
This leaflet has facts about breast cancer, ways to reduce your risk, how to check your breasts, and signs and symptoms to look out for.
Cervical cancer leaflet
Cervical Cancer - What You Should Know leaflet
This leaflet gives information on what increases your risk of cervical cancer, screening, how to reduce your risk and more.
Men's health
Information and advice about men's health and cancers that affect men.
Manual for Men booklet
Manual For Men booklet
This booklet looks at how your lifestyle affects your cancer risk and how to spot cancer early. It includes details on testicular and prostate cancer. It also gives you tips on how to make the best of a visit to your doctor.
Prostate cancer leaflet
Prostate Cancer - What You Should Know leaflet
This leaflet gives you an overview of prostate cancer, what affects your risk, how it is diagnosed and more.
Testicular cancer leaflet
Testicular Cancer - What You Should Know leaflet
This leaflet gives you an overview of testicular cancer and what affects your risk. It also looks at how to check your testicles and more.
How to check your testicles poster
How to check your testicles poster
This poster gives information on how to check your testicles for change that could be cancer. (Available to download only)
Smoking
Resources for quitting smoking.
Be smoke free poster
Be smoke free poster
Poster showing the dangerous ingredients found in cigarettes.
Benefits of quitting smoking poster
Benefits of quitting smoking poster
This poster gives you information about the benefit your body will experience from the minute you quit smoking.
Top 10 tips for quitting smoking poster
Top 10 tips for quitting smoking poster
This poster gives you tips on how to prepare to quit and to stay quit. (Available to download only)
Smoking - What's the story poster
Smoking - What's the story poster
Smoking information poster for young people and teens, suitable for youth work / youth education settings.
What's in a cigarette leaflet
What's in a cigarette leaflet
Leaflet on the dangers of smoking and second-hand smoke, and the chemicals found in cigarettes.
Diet, exercise, weight and alcohol
Resources on reducing cancer risk through a healthy lifestyle.
Alcohol, Cancer and Your Health booklet
Alcohol, Cancer and Your Health booklet
In this booklet find out the real facts about the link between alcohol and cancer, what is in a measure and get tips to help you tackle your drinking.
Your Weight and Cancer booklet
Your Weight and Cancer booklet
This booklet explains why and gives you tips on the small changes you can make to reduce your risk.
Skin cancer prevention
Being SunSmart to reduce your cancer risk.
Non-melanoma skin cancer leaflet
Non-melanoma Skin Cancer - What You Should Know leaflet
This leaflet gives you information on what to check your skin for when looking for change that could be non-melanoma skin cancer, the most common kind of skin cancer.
Melanoma skin cancer leaflet
Melanoma Skin Cancer - What You Should Know leaflet
This leaflet gives you information on what to check your skin for when looking for change that could be melanoma skin cancer.
Be SunSmart poster
Be SunSmart poster
Get advice on how you can protect your skin when you are outdoors to reduce your risk of skin cancer from this poster. (Available to download only)
Be Smart - Protect your skin on the farm leaflet
Be Smart - Protect your skin on the farm leaflet
The Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) have joined forces to remind farmers and all outdoor workers of the importance of protecting their skin to reduce the risk of skin cancer. This leaflet is distributed to farm families over the summer months.
Be Smart - Protect your skin on outdoor building sites leaflet
Be Smart - Protect your skin on building sites leaflet
The Irish Cancer Society and the Construction Industry Federation have joined forces to remind construction workers and all outdoor workers of the importance of protecting their skin to reduce the risk of skin cancer. This leaflet is istributed to building sites over the summer months.
Fun in the Sun keeping children safe factsheet
Fun in the Sun keeping children safe factsheet
This factsheet is not available in print format. It gives advice to people working with children and young people on how to protect their skin when outdoors. (Available to download only)
Outdoor workers sun safety poster
Outdoor workers sun safety poster
Get advice on how you can protect your skin when you are an outdoors worker to reduce your risk of skin cancer.
Sunbeds - Fashion to die for poster
Sunbeds - Fashion to die for poster
Using a sunbed greatly increases your risk of melanoma skin cancer. This poster advises against sunbed use and highlights that there is nothing safe about them.
Other cancer types and topics
Bowel cancer leaflet
Bowel Cancer - What You Should Know leaflet
This leaflet tells you about what bowel cancer is and how to reduce your risk. It also give information on bowel screening and more.
Lung cancer leaflet
Lung Cancer - What You Should Know leaflet
This leaflet gives you some facts about lung cancer, the cause and symptoms as well as how it is diagnosed.
Mouth, head and neck cancer leaflet
Mouth, Head & Neck Cancers - What You Should Know leaflet
This leaflet has facts about mouth, head and neck cancers, signs and symptoms and ways to reduce your risk.
Cancer and genes factsheet
Cancer and genes factsheet
This factsheet is for people who are worried that cancer might run in their family because a number of relatives have had it. It is also for people who are considering genetic testing.
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