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# Cancer

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# Major study
People in richer countries more likely to die from cancer, says new study
In poorer countries, heart disease remains a leading cause of death.
# Vaccination
Simon Harris to meet social media companies in a bid to make them do more to debunk vaccine myths
Harris is considering advice from the Attorney General on mandatory vaccination.
The emotional scars and the 'new normal' are the dirty little secrets of surviving cancer
Aoife Moggan writes about the scars – both physical and invisible – that a childhood diagnosis of cancer has left.
# cancer survivor supports
Minister: 'We need to start talking openly about fertility, sex and life in general post-cancer'
Today, Simon Harris launched the National Cancer Survivorship Needs Assessment, called Living With and Beyond Cancer in Ireland.
New test could make it easier to predict women's risk of developing cervical cancer
Some 99% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV.
# HPV vaccine
Explainer: The HPV vaccine is free for boys from next month - here's why that's important
Over 500 cases of cancer associated with the HPV infection are diagnosed every year in Ireland.
# meat eater
The Taoiseach says he's eating less red meat to stay healthy - but is it healthier to do that?
“Some people say that meat is the new tobacco, and that’s absolutely not true,” says Dr Robert O’Connor of the Irish Cancer Society.
# CervicalCheck
Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal against judgement in Ruth Morrissey case
The government has said the appeal does not relate to the €2.1 million in damages and that the Morrisseys will retain that irrespective of the outcome.
# Colorectal cancer
Ireland's first digital surgery unit opens at the Mater in a bid to improve cancer patient outcomes
In a visit to a live operating theatre this morning surgeons explained how it works to
# Your Say
Poll: Should herbicides that have been linked to cancer be banned in Ireland?
A 2015 study from the World Health Organisation said the herbicide glyphosate was probably carcinogenic.
# cancelled tour
Comedian Brendan Grace receiving treatment for lung cancer
Grace has been forced to cancel a number of tour dates across July and August.
# Vaccine
HPV: Major new study shows cancer-causing virus 'significantly reduced' after vaccine
Two types of HPV that cause 70% of cervical cancers were significantly reduced after vaccination.
# Cancer
Increase in colon cancer among younger adults in several countries including Ireland
Authors of a new study said the rise is likely driven by obesity and poor diet.
# CervicalCheck
'Raw and needless cruelty': CervicalCheck cases 'a no-win situation' for all involved
Yesterday Ruth Morrissey said she hopes the decision in her case will be a positive thing for other women affected by the scandal.
# Backtrack
Vicky Phelan apologises to Leo Varadkar after referring to him as 'a gay man' during criticism
Phelan made the comments in an interview with The Irish Times.
# Cancer
Two-tier drug access a 'real issue' for equity says head of HSE's drug-review centre
VHI recently offered its members access to new cancer drugs not currently available to all HSE patients.
# inequality
Private cancer patients getting access to drugs that public patients can't get is 'incredibly unfair'
The Irish Cancer Society said that lifesaving medicines should be available to everyone who could benefit from them, not just people with private health insurance.
# Treatment
'It all started with my balls' - Colm Tóibín's moving essay about cancer is a must-read
The piece beautifully details his diagnosis to treatment.
# projections
'Urgent action needed' as cancer rates projected to double in Ireland in the next 25 years
That’s according to a new report published today by the National Cancer Registry.
# CervicalCheck
Woman with terminal cancer settles smear test case for €2.5 million
“The last few months have been so stressful for me and my family – just that thought of facing court as I recover from the last treatments of chemotherapy.”
Legendary filmmaker and French New Wave pioneer Agnes Varda dies aged 90
She continued making films right up to her death.
# Roundup
Man awarded $80 million after claiming weed killer caused his cancer
A US jury found that the product lacked sufficient warnings of potential risk.
# Mater Hospital
These Mater Hospital nurses are raising money to help make patient stays feel more 'like home'
The nurses are raising money for items such as exercise bikes and other forms of holistic care.
Opinion: I had a tumour growing in my breast but I also had a life growing inside me
How can these drugs rid me of cancer, take away my hair, blast my immune system and still allow this little life inside me to grow unharmed? writes Mary Canavan.
# daffodil day
Paying tribute: 'Daff Man' on how he and his partner were supported by cancer nurses
‘Daff Man’ James Gilleran is marking 25 years collecting for the Irish Cancer Society.
Opinion: 'I’m thinking of you' and 9 other things it's OK to say to a family going through cancer
On Daffodil Day, Sarah Geraghty examines her own experiences to provide a useful guide of what not to say to a family hit by a diagnosis – and some suggestions on what to offer instead.
# laura brennan
'You can't really dwell on questions': How Laura Brennan used her terminal cancer to help others
The 26 year-old died of cancer in Limerick yesterday.
# CervicalCheck
'I need to prioritise my health': Vicky Phelan to take step back from CervicalCheck campaigning
Phelan said today that she has been “very ill” over the past couple of weeks.
# Cervical Cancer
Upscaling rollout of HPV vaccine could 'eliminate' cervical cancer in some countries, study finds
The disease claims the lives of more than 300,000 women every year.
# CervicalCheck
Harris asks HSE to introduce HPV testing 'as soon as possible' as roll out is pushed out due to smear test backlog
Health Minister Simon Harris promised it would be introduced in September last year. This was then pushed out to January 2019.
# CervicalCheck
CervicalCheck writes to 4,300 women affected by lab error offering them repeat smear test
The HSE has been aware of this error since November but it was only made public two weeks ago.
Opinion: We need to remove the stigma around lung cancer - no one should be blamed for getting it
Smoking is one of the primary causes of lung cancer and some patients feel they are being blamed for having cancer, writes Dr Anne-Marie Baird.
# mock the week
'Groundbreakingly brilliant' comedian Jeremy Hardy dies aged 57
Tributes have been paid to the comedian, who died earlier today.
# orla church
CervicalCheck campaigner Orla Church has died
Orla Church was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2015.
# check yourself
After Love Island's Chris Hughes got a testicular cancer check-up on live TV, his own brother found a lump
“If he hadn’t done it, I’d still be in the dark now.”
# Health
'This doesn't need to continue': Concerns over 'worrying' rise in lung cancer diagnoses made in A&E
Recent data revealed that one in four lung cancer diagnoses are made in emergency departments.
# CervicalCheck
'All talk and no action': Vicky Phelan strongly criticises Varadkar over handling of CervicalCheck scandal
Taoiseach says women of Ireland have his commitment that changes will be made to the health service.
# CervicalCheck
PODCAST: 'Irene didn't have to die and now she's part of this scandal'
Stephen Teap said he went public with his story this year so he can tell his boys when they grow up that he did everything he could.
# Perseverance
'I was thinking about my sister when she was diagnosed... I couldn't feel sorry for myself'
Ireland’s Sanita Puspure on overcoming doubt and personal adversity in 2018 to become a world champion.
# debt collectors
Irish Cancer Society calls on HSE to stop referring patients' debt to collection agencies
The Irish Cancer Society is today publishing advice for patients on how best to deal with the charges.