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Sign up for our annual colour run benefiting the fight against cancer at
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Today is World Kidney Cancer Day. In Ireland, kidney cancer has been increasing over the last twenty years and approximately 622 people are diagnosed with the disease each year. The early signs of kidney cancer may be vague and often it is discovered during a scan for another reason.

However, there are certain risk factors. These include:
• Age: Kidney cancer is more common in people over 40.
• Gender: Kidney cancer is about twice as common in men.
• Obesity: Doctors believe obesity can cause changes in certain hormones that can lead to kidney cancer.
• Smoking
• Chemicals in the workplace: If you are exposed to certain substances, you may be at risk. These include asbestos, cadmium, some herbicides, benzene, and organic solvents like trichloroethylene.
• Inherited genes: Some rare inherited conditions, like Von Hippel-Lindau disease, can cause kidney cancer.
• Family history of kidney cancer
• Medical conditions such as high blood pressure or advanced kidney disease.

If you have concerns about any of the above risk factors please contact your GP. For further information on the signs and symptoms or to get support visit or contact our Freephone Cancer Nurseline on 1800 200 700
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We're looking for volunteers for the Cork and Limerick Colour Dash's this weekend. Would you or someone you know be interested in helping out? It's great craic - FACT! You can register @ #colourdash
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We are delighted to partner with Saolta University Health Care Group to host a FREE Men’s Health information evening in Castlebar on Monday, 25th June from 6pm to 9pm.

Men and their partners are invited to attend this health promotion event that will help increase awareness of and provide information on the specific health needs of men. This is extremely important as research has shown us that:

• 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer.
• Men in Ireland die, on average, almost four and a half years younger than women.
• Poor lifestyle choices are responsible for a high proportion of chronic diseases.

There will be free blood pressure checks, screening for diabetes and an exhibition area with stands providing information and advice on a range of services and health issues.

Make sure to book your place with Rachel Dalton, Clinical Nurse Specialist Galway University Hospital on 091 893318 / or Fionnuala Creighton, on 091 893489.
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Sorcha Murphy will be treasuring this Father’s Day with her dad following his own fight with cancer. “My dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year through the BowelScreen program. The treatment he received was second to none, so quick and he did really well.”

Bowel cancer is often very treatable if caught early – so don’t side-line your health, get it checked. For more information on men’s cancers and to support the fight against cancer visit
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Colour Dash Dublin takes place on Sunday, June 17 at Phoenix Park. Here's the info you need to know:

• Date: Sunday 17th June 2018
• Registration opens: 9am
• Race starts: 10am
• Location: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8
• Route: Below you can see the route of the Colour Dash run
• Bag Drop: Very limited availability! If you do avail of this, please ensure your bag is water resistant as all bags will be stored outdoors (not protected from the rain)
• Parking: Limited parking available in the park, public transport advised
• T-shirt: you will collect your t-shirt on the day (wristband needed to collect your t-shirt)

What to bring on the day:
• Wristband: this would have been sent along with this letter and it is needed to gain entry to the race. You cannot take part in the race without a wristband!
• If you wristband was not delivered, please just bring your confirmation email to the tshirt tent to receive your wristband!

What not to bring:
• Buggies
• Dogs
• Your own paint
• Cameras & phones or cover them in plastic

Other important points!
• Remember to be Sun Smart and wear sun screen
• The more light coloured clothing you wear, the brighter you will be covered in colour!
• You will have received your wristbands in the post, please ensure to wear these on the day, your wristband will get you your T-shirt and entry on the day
• If you are concerned about getting paint in your hair, you can wear a shower cap on the day (especially for those who have bleached hair, we would recommend covering it as it can take several washes for all the paint to come out)
• We also recommend using cold water to wash the paint off your skin and hair
• Stay hydrated
• Don’t forget to have fun!
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The Conlon family are encouraging men in Ireland to not to side-line their health, as the family prepare to mark Father’s Day without their lovely dad Chris this year.

Paul Conlon said, “We lost our 51 year old dad in 2009 to pancreatic cancer, the Irish Cancer Society were actually a great support at the time, and in the aftermath.

"He was a fabulous, fun loving, superhero of a man. He died 9 weeks after he was diagnosed, having had no serious diagnosis before. Once he was diagnosed though, we as a family looked back at the previous 12 months through a very different lens, remembering all the times he actually was sick, and remembering all the symptoms we all brushed off and ignored."

This Father’s Day we urge dads not to side-line their health – early detection can save lives. For more information on men’s cancers and to support the fight against cancer visit
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“On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. What do you do? As we all know, the first rule is to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist anyone else. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too”.
- Bernie Kirwan, Irish Cancer Society Night Nurse

This week is National Carer’s Week and we would like to recognise all of the wonderful caregivers who support their loved ones who have received a cancer diagnosis.

When someone you love becomes ill, you naturally want to care and support them. Facing a cancer diagnosis in your family is possibly one of the biggest challenges in your life to date. You and your loved ones need all the guidance and support possible to create the best healing environment for you all.

The care giving role really does vary from person to person. While giving care, it’s normal to put your own needs and feelings aside. But putting your needs aside for a long time is not good for your health. You need to take care of yourself, too. If you don’t, you may not be able to care for your loved one.

Remember, it is not selfish to focus on your own needs when you are a caregiver—it’s an important part of the job. Only you, are responsible for your own self.

We offer support to patients and their loved ones through our 13 Daffodil Centres and Cancer Nurseline 1800 200 700. If you would benefit from any of our services please get in touch.
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Helping to look after someone with cancer can also be a big challenge for anyone. If you are a young carer, it can be even harder. If you or someone you know is a young person caring for someone with cancer, you can get information and resources to help you along from our website at
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Dad of 3 Paul McLoone has fought cancer 3 times. He was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 2006 after a minor car accident saw him visit the doctor who told him he should get a full MOT. Paul said he hadn’t considered getting a health check, and it went on to save his life. Tests revealed Paul had colon cancer. The Donegal man said he had minor symptoms, but ‘being a typical man’ had brushed them off. Had he left it untreated the tumour would have grown and Paul may not have survived.

Ever since Paul has kept a close eye on his health, something which has seen him successfully battle liver cancer in 2007 and prostate cancer in 2013.

“Treatment is tough, but the alternative is not being here with my family. I’ve had a full battery of tests recently and thankfully everything has come back clear.” he said.

Paul is urging men not to sideline their health. “When we are buying a car we check it out thoroughly, we get a few different opinions, bring it to a mechanic. We should approach our health in the same way, it’s 100 per cent more important than any car.”

He also used the Society’s Freephone Cancer Nurseline during his treatment and said it’s the best call he ever made. “I didn’t know what way to turn, the support I got was extremely useful. I say to other men going through cancer – it will be the best call you’ll ever make. ”

This Father's Day you can support men like Paul by purchasing an Irish Cancer Society Father's Day gift at Sales fund life-saving cancer research happening in Ireland right now by over 100 Society-funded researchers, as well as delivers free services to patients, their families, and people at risk of cancer in communities across Ireland.
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This July we are taking away the excuses and asking you to complete Marathon in a Month!

You can walk, run or jog it, at your own speed and in your own time, but the main thing is you CAN do it, you CAN complete a marathon! It can be over a few hours, days or weeks - you’re in control. Whether it’s in your local park, on the way to work, at home or abroad, this is at your speed, your way, your Marathon in a Month.

Last year over 600 people took on the challenge. Will you join our team and leave cancer in our dust?

Visit to learn more.
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