To ring in the New Year, Breakthrough Cancer Research is reminding people of the all the different ways they can impact cancer in 2018.

From individual actions you can take to decrease your cancer risk, such as giving up smoking or ensuring you go to the cancer screening programme, to donating your time or skills through volunteering with a cancer charity, there are many ways people across Ireland can get involved and fight cancer in 2018.

Individual ways to decrease our cancer risk:

  1. Maintain a Healthy Weight
  2. Move More - Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day
  3. Limit your intake of fat & sugar
  4. Eat mostly foods of plant origin
  5. Limit red meat & avoid processed meats
  6. Cut down on alcohol - If consumed at all, limit daily intake to 2 drinks for men & 1 drink for women
  7. Eat less salt
  8. Don’t use supplements to protect against cancer
  9. Be Sun Smart
  10. Do not Smoke

    Other ways to help fight cancer:

    1. Volunteer your time at a bag pack or event
    2. Host a coffee morning for Breakthrough Cancer Research in your office or with your friends
    3. Run, jog or walk a mini marathon or other sports event
    4. Donate your skills & experience
    5. Sponsor A Scientist for a year
    6. Give a once off donation to cancer research to find cures for cancer
    7. Support those around you going through cancer treatment
    8. Donate €5 for the #FivefortheFight campaign and multinational software company Qualtrics will double each donation

      Breakthrough Cancer Research is leading the way with research into cancers with poor prognosis such as ovarian, pancreatic and oesophageal. They have already progressed seven treatments progress from clinical trial and work closely with multiple hospitals to ensure their research is responding to the needs of patients with cancers that do not respond to conventional therapies.

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