Cancer services under pressure as almost 600 diagnosed weekly

With almost 600 people diagnosed with cancer every week, demands for support and services are putting the Irish Cancer Society under increasing pressure.

Cancer services under pressure as almost 600 diagnosed weekly

Cancer rates increased by 4% over the last three years but, with more sufferers surviving, the society is striving to ensure every family seeking help receives it.

Yesterday, the society announced a fund-raising target of €3.5m for this year’s Daffodil Day on March 27.

Now in its 28th year, Daffodil Day is Ireland’s longest running and biggest fundraising day. Around €3m was raised last year.

All monies raised go directly to fund the work of the society across cancer support, prevention, research, and advocacy.

Figures on cancer incidence in Ireland from 2010 to 2012 show 570 people every week, on average, were diagnosed with cancer.

ICS chief executive John McCormack said every family in Ireland was touched by cancer and the figures confirmed cancer rates are increasing.

“To meet the increased demand for help as more people get and survive cancer, we need to raise even more money this year on Daffodil Day,” said Mr McCormack.

Night nursing is one service funded by Daffodil Day. Last year, the society was able to fulfill 96% of requests for a night nurse.

While 75% of cancer patients wish to die at home surrounded by family, only 25% get to do so.

The ICS provides the only night-time care service for cancer patients in their own home.

Last year, the society’s nurses provided 7,800 care nights to more than 1,670 patients.

The society and Dell, their lead partner for Daffodil Day, are asking people to volunteer, organise, or donate on Daffodil Day by calling 1850 606060 or visiting www.cancer.ie/daffodilday.

Dell Ireland general manager Liam Halpin said its 2,300 employees in Dublin, Limerick, and Cork join the Daffodil Day volunteers in one way or another.

“It’s been great to see the momentum across the three campuses grow over the years,” he said.

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