The fight against breast cancer

Signs & Symptoms - Know your normal

Can I reduce my risk of breast cancer?

The Irish Cancer Society also carries out research in the area of cancer prevention. Our Cancer Prevention team work tirelessly to spread awareness and promote good habits within our communities so that we can reduce our risk of developing cancer. Our Cancer Prevention team, in collaboration with the European Code Against Cancer, have created an infographic which consists of twelve recommendations that most people can follow without any special skills or advice.

The more recommendations people follow, the lower their risk of cancer will be.

Read more about the 12 Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk.

If you have any questions or concerns about breast cancer, please do not hesitate to contact our Cancer Nurseline on Freephone 1800 200 700.

The fight against breast cancer

This year marks the fifth year of the BREAST-PREDICT research programme. Over the last 5 years, supporters like you have invested over €7.5 million in Ireland’s only collaborative cancer research centre. You’ve funded 9 breakthroughs that are currently in clinical trials in Ireland as we speak. Over 2,500 thousand women are taking part in trials you have funded.

Meet your researchers


Amelia Smith, Breast Cancer Researcher, Irish Cancer Society research centre BREAST-PREDICT

“The aim of my research is to find out how we can stop breast cancer in its tracks, so that more patients can survive and thrive long after their diagnosis.”

Read more of Amelia's story

Amelia Smith is one of the researchers your Cups Against Breast Cancer coffee morning funds. Amelia's research focuses on whether statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs) can have an effect in stopping breast cancer. She has used information from thousands of breast cancer patients in Ireland to determine whether women who have taken statins are more likely to survive their breast cancer.

Unfortunately, as too many of us know, breast cancer is a devastating disease. But we have a secret weapon and that secret weapon is research. Research into prevention and better treatments for women with breast cancer is a must. You can invest in breast cancer research, by holding a Cups against Breast Cancer coffee morning this October. You’ll be funding lifesaving research and free care services for breast cancer patients not only in your own county but across Ireland. Through your enthusiasm, energy and fundraising know-how, you can do this!

Dr Sara Charmsaz of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland discusses her research into the developed of a way of identifying women with breast cancer who are likely to be “resistant” to some of the most common treatments for the disease.

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Find out more about Irish Cancer Society research.

Breast Cancer Research: how your support makes a difference

Your support helps thousands of women like Liz

'One day at a time'


My name is Liz and I’m currently living with cancer and have been for the past 11 years.

Read more of Liz's story

I wanted to share my story with you so you can see just how important research has been for me and my family. It means everything to us, because without research my story and the story of thousands of other people living with cancer would have been very different.

My now 11 year relationship with cancer started in 2007, I discovered a lump and within one week my tumour was removed and suddenly I was in day-care oncology having my first infusion of chemotherapy. My children were 12, 13 and 15 at the time and I was terrified that they would lose their mother. After six sessions of chemotherapy, followed by 32 radiotherapy treatments, I was given the all clear.

In 2009 I was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer, some of the cancer cells had travelled from my breast to my liver and metastasised there. I was devastated. But, thanks to breakthroughs in breast cancer research, there was an answer. I began a course of intensive chemotherapy for nine months, followed by a maintenance dose for the following two years. The liver tumours became inactive and I began once again, to get a glimmer of hope that I might just survive this - and I did - thanks to cancer research.

I have CT scans every three months and five years into the three-monthly scans, I was told “You have a brain tumour”. The breast cancer cells had travelled to my brain. The thought of cancer in my brain was horrific, terrifying.

I had the tumour removed, followed by very specific stereotactic radiotherapy and eventually I was declared fit and in remission again. I continue to have three-monthly scans, and thankfully, things are good again. It is amazing what you can get used to.

I’m living proof that research works. Against all the odds and with the right treatments I have been able to see my kids reach their 20s and begin their adult lives. Without research like this, quite simply, this would not have been possible.

People survive cancer and people can live quite happily alongside cancer. I have been doing that for the past 11 years. We are lucky we live in an age where new research and new treatments are being constantly discovered.

Thank you for your support for cancer research and please support Cups Against Breast Cancer in whatever way you can again this October. I am living proof that your fundraising gives hope to all, hope for a future where every form of breast cancer has a treatment.