Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Improve your health

Improve your health

Every year in Northern Ireland around 11,200 local people get the news that they have cancer. Thankfully two thirds will survive but, unfortunately, we still lose more than 4,000 local people every year to the disease.

We know that the earlier cancer is diagnosed, the more likely we are to survive and treatment can be less aggressive. We also know that we can prevent many cancers if we make healthy lifestyle choices. These are the same healthy choices that reduce the risk of other chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

We work with everyone; men, women, and children, helping people recognise the early signs of cancer, make those healthy lifestyle choices and encourage everyone to take up opportunities for cancer screening.

We have developed a wide range of campaigns, services and programmes under the Keeping Well banner. They are broadly divided into strategy and policy development, campaigns, stopping smoking, adult well-being and children and young people’s health. You can download our Keeping Well brochure and other leaflets here.

These programmes are offered free of charge in schools, workplaces and community settings. For more information please email



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