National Cancer Strategy Launched

Posted on: 05 Jul 2017

National Cancer Strategy Launched


Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD today (Wednesday, 5 July ) launched the new National Cancer Strategy 2017 – 2026.


Announcing the new Strategy, the Minister stated that the focus is on preventing cancer across the Irish population, diagnosing cancer early, providing optimal care to patients and maximising their quality of life.

The Strategy sets out four goals:

  • Reduce the Cancer Burden;
  • Provide Optimal Care;
  • Maximise Patient Involvement and Quality of Life; and
  • Enable and Assure Change.


The Minister stated, “The burden of cancer on individuals and on society will grow, unless significant progress is made on improved prevention, early diagnosis and treatment. The number of cases of cancer in Ireland is expected to increase by 50% in men and 40% in women by 2025, and to nearly double by 2040. This Strategy sets an ambitious target and we aim to be in the top quartile of European countries for cancer survival by the end of the Strategy period. Cancer prevention offers the most cost-effective, long-term approach for cancer control. In fact, 30-40% of cancers are avoidable through improved diet, more exercise, reduced alcohol intake, limited exposure to ultraviolet radiation and of course not smoking.”


Welcoming today's launch, Orla Dolan, Head of Breakthrough stated, "We welcome the Strategy's focus on prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and, of course, the quality of life for patients as a priority. We look forward to continuing our work with the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) on evidence-based inititiatives to prevent cancer, and to see full integration of research into clinical care to see measurable improvement patient outcomes"


The full Strategy can be viewed by clicking here.

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