Today is World Cancer Day, a day when as a cancer community we come together to raise awareness, improve education and highlight the reality of what it means to be diagnosed and treated for cancer in Ireland.
Research from the World Health Organization shows that in 2021, over 19.3 million people were diagnosed with cancer across the globe. The theme of this year’s World Cancer Day is #CloseTheCareGap. Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, but together we can change this.
One of these ways is to be more aware of what we can do to reduce our cancer risk. 30-50% of cancers are preventable, and you can learn more about the seven pillars of good health, and our Your Health, Your Choice campaign by clicking here.
Unfortunately, health inequalities still exist in our society and for some, factors such as income, education, geography and discrimination can negatively affect care and access to timely medical interventions.
As part of our social inclusion work, we have partnered with community organisations like Pavee Point and Local Development Companies in Offaly and Roscommon to ensure everyone including, Traveller and Syrian communities in Ireland has the information and resources they need to detect cancer in its earlies stages. With thanks for the support from Deloitte we have worked with these two communities to create bespoke written materials, workshops and online resources to tackle some of the barriers that these communities face when it comes to recognising and seeking help for the warning signs of cancer.
To show your support this World Cancer Day, use the hashtag #CloseTheCareGap on social media, and help shed a light on the inequality faced by members of our community.
To view and download free copies of our cancer prevention and awareness materials in plane English and Arabic, visit our Social Inclusion Hub here.