Working Life: Áine Lyng, Cancer Prevention Officer

Working Life: Áine Lyng, Cancer Prevention Officer
Áine Lyng, Cancer Prevention Officer, National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), HSE. Picture: Maura Hickey.

Áine Lyng, cancer prevention officer, National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), HSE.

6am

My alarm sounds. Some snooze buttons later, I am up and at the gym. As an exercise physiologist working in cancer prevention and a veteran camogie player, I try to put my learning into practice, exercising regularly.

8.30am

At the NCCP office in Dublin city centre I check any news stories about cancer prevention or published research.

The NCCP is part of the Irish Cancer Prevention Network (ICPN), alongside the Marie Keating Foundation, Irish Cancer Society, and Breakthrough Cancer Research.

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I work on a ‘partner pack’ to share with organisations involved with the ICPN and NCCP.

I collect relevant stats, info, and research to include in the pack which shows that physical activity can reduce cancer risk as well as improving health and wellbeing for people living with cancer or who have survived it.

12pm

I check the project schedule for delivery of our National Skin Cancer Prevention Plan.

As skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Ireland, we’re working with different partners to support people to protect their skin from UV damage, especially children.

We particularly focus on April to September, when the UV index is high and UV rays can cause damage even on a cool day.

1pm

I go for a lunchtime walk and encourage my colleagues to get involved in the HSE Steps for Health Challenge.

3pm

I get together with our team on early detection of lung cancer. Having completed a survey, we know people are aware of what the early signs and symptoms are but lack confidence in noticing these symptoms.

We check over planned education sessions for healthcare professionals and community engagement events and discuss how to ensure people can recognise potential signs, such as a new, worsening or changing cough.

5pm

I update my daily log.

6pm

I touch base with family on the commute home and get stuck into wedding planning with my other half.

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