About the Irish Cancer Society
We are a community determined to help anyone affected by cancer in Ireland
We are a community of patients, survivors, volunteers, supporters, health and social care professionals and researchers. Together we are transforming the experiences and outcomes of people affected by cancer through our advocacy, support services and research.
Learn about our leadership and governnance, our memberships, and read stories from our community of people working together to stop cancer.
Information about our cancer information and support services, cancer awareness and prevention campaigns, cancer research, cancer advocacy and our fundraising campaigns.
Learn more about how the Society works to stop cancer, including information about our strategy, how we are funded, and partnerships with communities and workplaces across the country.
Cancer in Ireland
It was estimated that in 2020 more than 45,000 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.
We are compassionate and caring
Everyone’s cancer journey is individual and we reflect that in everything we do. From the time you are diagnosed, right through treatment and beyond, we provide personal support that is right for you.
We are inclusive
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, we are here for you. We are working hard to ensure everyone in Ireland has the same access to care and support during their cancer journey.
We demand excellence from ourselves and others
We are constantly demanding more of ourselves and others on your behalf. We always believe there is room for improvement and we strive for excellence in all we do. Our services and decisions are informed by best quality knowledge, data and expertise.
We value collaboration
Collaborating and working in partnership with world-class medical professionals, researchers, organisations and supporters helps us deliver more. We want to be inspired and to improve by challenging ourselves and by benchmarking ourselves against world-class results. We build alliances and work with local communities and global partners to deliver the best results.
We are accountable and transparent
We work to the highest standards of governance and financial management. This means we are honest, ethical and efficient in our work. We hold ourselves accountable for the delivery of our goals and objectives. Our latest annual report can be viewed at www.cancer.ie/annualreport
We support sustainability
We care about our communities and environment. We strive to be a sustainable organisation and minimise our impact on the world around us.