This year 40,000 people in Ireland will hear the words ‘you have cancer’. Thankfully, though, cancer is no longer a death sentence – six in ten patients will survive the disease for at least 5 years. Survival rates are improving and patients are living well with cancer and living for longer thanks to research and advances in detection and treatment. Now, more than 165,000 people are living with and beyond cancer in Ireland.
Because of the generous support of the public, the Irish Cancer Society is the leading voluntary funder of cancer research in Ireland. We’ve invested €20 million in research projects and initiatives since 2010, all made possible by donations. Currently we are investing in the work of more than 100 cancer researchers based across the country. Collaboration, both national and international, is at the core of Irish Cancer Society Research.