Cork Cancer Action Network

ccan logoThe Cork Cancer Action Network (CCAN) was established in 2015 by the Irish Cancer Society to investigate new ways to work in partnership around cancer prevention and health inequalities. The organisations involved have a strong history of collaborative working in health, community development and social inclusion in Cork. The network consists of representatives from:

  • Ballyphehane/Togher Community Development Project
  • Cork City Council
  • Cork Healthy Cities
  • Cork Traveller Visibility Group
  • HSE Cork North Community Work Department
  • National Screening Service HSE
  • Irish Cancer Society
  • Mayfield Integrated Community Development Project
  • Travellers Of North Cork

The network aim to work collaboratively to investigate new ways to bridging the gap in inequalities associated with cancer. A report by the National Cancer Registry “Cancer Projections for Ireland 2015-2040” indicate that one in two of us will receive a cancer diagnosis in our lifetime. The good news is that up to 50% of cancer could be prevented through lifestyle changes and early detection. However data shows that those in marginalised communities have a far great risk of both getting cancer and dying younger from cancer than those living in more affluent areas.

Work of CCAN

2016 – "Establishing a community focused approach to cancer prevention with a focus on health inequalities and disadvantaged communities” – The aim of this research funded by the Irish Cancer Society was to target a community (Churchfield, Gurranabraher, Farranree) and give them a voice on how services could be delivered to improve health outcomes at a community level. This was the first step of the CCANs work to engage in communities on cancer prevention and health and well-being. An action plan from the area was developed, the report is available to download here - 


2017 – Cork Pearl of Wisdom event

This collaborative event took place on the 31st of January 2017 in the Clayton Hotel Cork City during European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. This public event aimed to raise awareness amongst women in Ireland on the importance of regular cervical screening.  The event funded by the National Screening Service was attended by over 100 women and the Cork Camogie Team were the faces of the 2017 Pearl of Wisdom Campaign.


As part of the action research project in Northside of Cork a Community Health Needs Assessment Toolkit was developed to document the methodology used in the action research project. The aim of this Toolkit is for communities to use at a local level to assist in identifying their health needs and priorities as well as gaps in service provision. The Toolkit is aimed at communities who want to take action around health and wellbeing or cancer prevention. It is an important tool for demonstrating the need for collaborative work and health in all sectors if we are going to tackle the inequalities associated with cancer and other chronic diseases. The Toolkit is available to download here - 

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For more information on the tools and resources and the work of the Cork Cancer Action Network please contact Eimear Cotter, Community Cancer Prevention Officer on 021 4324521 or