Get the Girls campaign to combat breast cancer

The Irish Cancer Society is calling on all women in Mayo to come together and Get the Girls doing something throughout the months of September and October to combat breast cancer. At the launch of its new campaign today, which is kindly supported by Centra, the Irish Cancer Society sent a rallying call to women in Mayo to help reach the next groundbreaking breast cancer discovery by raising funds for vital breast cancer research in Mayo.

Speaking about the new campaign, Professor John Fitzpatrick, Head of Research, Irish Cancer Society said, “Research is absolutely vital for future improvements in cancer detection, treatment and diagnosis, and to ensure more and more people survive. We have made significant advances in breast cancer over the years. More and more women are being diagnosed earlier, and most importantly, because of improvements in treatments, more women are surviving. We know that research is the key to these advances. The Irish Cancer Society is committed to continuing its investment in cancer research, and we know that the next ground breaking discovery is not far away.”

Professor Fitzpatrick continues: “One in ten women in Ireland will get breast cancer, 64 women in Mayo got breast cancer in 2010. Last year, the Irish Cancer Society invested €3.1 million in cancer research, €700,000 of which was invested in breast cancer research. We want to continue this crucial investment and we need the help of the public to do this. Getting involved in Get the Girls campaign will help us continue funding high quality breast cancer research across the country.”

For more information visit www.getthegirls.ie or callsave 1850 606 060. It is that easy to make a difference. For information about breast cancer or breast health visit www.cancer.ie or call the National Cancer Helpline on Freefone 1800 200 700.

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