Information & reports

DACC-  working to ensure we have adequate Prostate Cancer services in Donegal for our men.

DACC invite men to learn more about Prostate Cancer by clicking on this link www.cancer.ie/men/prostate.php

DACC invite you  to find out more about National Prostate Cancer GP referral guidelines by clicking on the link below please www.beaumont.ie/files/2010/docs/20100315103841_NCCP_Prostate_Cancer_GP_Referr.pdf

Prostate cancer numbers grow

The number of new cases of prostate cancer in Ireland has increased by 85% in 10 years, a new report shows. In men aged 55 to 64 years, the number of cases more than doubled, according to the report from the National Cancer Registry.The report shows that the number of prostate cancer cases rose from 1,492 in 1999 to 2,758 in 2009. However, from 1996 to 2006 the number of deaths from the disease increased only slightly, from 523 to 543. The risk of dying of prostate cancer before the age of 75 has also fallen.  [Posted: Thu 27/05/2010 by Niall Hunter, Editor]

DACC invite people to read the most recent report 27th May on Prostate Cancer from the National Cancer Registry
 in the "Cancer Trends"series

DACC invite you to read report by clicking on this link please prostate trends 27th May (7)
 The National Cancer Registry linked report is the first of a series on cancer trends in Ireland, which will be produced by the National Cancer Registry. (4th Jan. 2010    They intend to publish a report every two months. Please click on this link to read first report. lung trends-2

The second report in the National Cancer Registry series on cancer trends in Ireland shows some recent trends in liver cancer. 24th March 2010

DACC invite you to read 2nd report please click on this link   ncri.ie/pubs/pubfiles/liver_trends.pdf

For more information on the National Cancer Registry please click on this link ncri.ie/ncri/index.shtml

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Department of Health and Children is launching a new web area presenting information on health topics of current interest www.healthupdate.gov.ie

13 October 2010

The Press and Communications Office in the Department of Health and Children is launching a new web area providing information on health topics of current interest. These pages will be under the banner 'Healthupdate' and are directly accessible at www.healthupdate.gov.ie or from the homepage of the Department's website www.dohc.ie. The pages will include information from various sources including PQ’s, adjournment debates, HSE briefs, speeches, press statements, etc.

DACC invite you to click on this link to visit the site healthupdate.gov.ie/

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Cancer test can rule out need for chemotherapy

Up to 200 women a year with breast cancer may be able to avoid chemotherapy treatment if a new diagnostic test becomes more widely available, it was claimed yesterday.The test can help suggest the type of cancer treatment a woman needs and potentially save them having to undergo chemotherapy.It analyses 21 genes in the tumour's genome and provides doctors with the likelihood of tumour recurrence over the next 10 years to determine whether chemotherapy would be beneficial.

The Oncotype DX genomic test, which costs about €3,000, is not yet available to public patients for free in the country's eight cancer centres and it is not covered by health insurers.Mike Falahee, the sales and marketing manager of Genomic Health Ireland, makers of the test, said applications for its introduction into the public and private health insurance systems were being reviewed.If introduced in Ireland, it would cost about €1.86m to test the 600 women here who develop breast cancer annually; a round of chemotherapy can cost up to €10,000.Dr Janice Walshe, a medical oncologist in St Vincent's Hospital, said the test, which was trialled on 150,000 women in 55 countries including Ireland, could help avoid under-treatment or over-treatment.The tests are taken by means of a tissue sample and are sent for molecular analysis to a laboratory in the US, with a results turnaround time of seven days. By Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent Wednesday September 29 2010

DACC invite you to read full article please click on this link www.independent.ie/health/latest-news/cancer-test-can-rule-out-need-for-chemotherapy-2357115.html

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DACC delighted with uptake but remind women to who haven’t had their smear to go and get their FREE smears

NCSS PUBLISHES FIRST CERVICALCHECK PROGRAMME REPORT

The National Cancer Screening Service (NCSS) today published the first statistical report for CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme. The report provides screening statistics for the first 12 months of the CervicalCheck programme, 1 September 2008 to 31 August 2009 as well as an overview of activities and developments within CervicalCheck up to the date of publication.CervicalCheck became available to over 1.1 million women aged 25 to 60 on 1 September 2008. The overall aim of CervicalCheck is to reduce the incidence and mortality rate of cervical cancer by detecting changes on the cells of the cervix before they become cancerous.

In brief, from 1 September 2008 to 31 August 2009 CervicalCheck:
Provided free smear tests to 284,833 women
Almost 85 per cent of satisfactory smear test results in the period were negative or normal
Of the remainder, 13.9 per cent showed low grade abnormalities
1.4 per cent showed high grade abnormalities
11,112 women were referred to colposcopy for further investigation
4,714 women received treatment at colposcopy

DACC INVITE YOU TO READ FULL ARTICLE BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK PLEASE www.cancerscreening.ie/news/news.php?idx=170

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CervicalCheck Enters Third Phase of Programme September 1st

On 1 September 2010 CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme will enter its third year of operation and final year of its first three year screening round. To coincide, the programme will move to the third phase of encouraging participation among women with the introduction of direct programme entry (by smeartakers) of new eligible women. The move will be in support of the ongoing issuing of call and re-call letters of invitation to women aged 25 to 60.  CervicalCheck became available to over 1.1 million eligible women on 1 September 2008. Since its launch, the success of the programme has exceeded all expectations. From 1 September 2008 to 31 August 2009, over 284,830 women received a free smear test as part of the programme.*

DACC INVITE YOU TO READ REPORT ON CERVICAL CHECK BY CLICKING THIS LINK PLEASE  

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A check-up at the dentist could aid cancer survival

Monday September 27 2010 Courtesy of The Irish Independent

Three people will die here this week from head, neck or mouth cancer yet it rarely makes the headlines. But a two-minute screening exam as part of a routine dental check-up could improve survival rates for patients from the current 10-35pc to over 80pc.Cancer survivor Gerry Collins (54) from Wicklow had left his days of heavy drinking and smoking behind him and replaced his addictions with hill walking when he was struck with the illness. "I was a heavy drinker and smoked 60 cigarettes a day but I gave them up two years before my diagnosis."One day my neck swelled but it didn't last. It happened again and I went to the doctor who prescribed antibiotics for a sore throat."They weren't working and I returned to the doctor three times. I suspected I had cancer and was referred to an ear, nose and throat specialist who sent me to an oncologist."He found I had a tumour at the base of my tongue." Doctors prescribed a round of extremely aggressive chemotherapy and radiotherapy which left him fighting infections, mouth blisters, and feeling extremely weak and ill

To read full article DACC invite you to click on this link pleasewww.independent.ie/health/a-checkup-at-the-dentist-could-aid-cancer-survival-2354032.html

Thousands queue for cancer check-up

[Posted: Thu 30/09/2010 by Deborah Condon - www.irishhealth.com]

Over 2,000 people were given free mouth check-ups as part of Mouth, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Day yesterday. A further 1,000 people who were unable to be seen will be invited for a check-up soon.Three Irish people die from mouth, head and neck cancers every week, more deaths than from skin melanoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma or cervical cancer, yet public awareness of these diseases remains low.Most patients with mouth, head and neck cancer tend to present for treatment when their cancer is at an advanced stage, greatly reducing their chances of survival or a better recovery.Yesterday's awareness day was organised by new support group, MHNC (Mouth, Head and Neck Cancer), which is made up of cancer survivors, healthcare professionals and health promoters.

DACC invite you to read more by clicking on this link www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=17955

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Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney launches Patient Safety First Initiatives with Stakeholders

23 September 2010

The Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney, T.D along with other key participants, today (23rd September, 2010) announced a number of significant initiatives including the establishment of a new National Framework to drive Clinical Effectiveness through which patients will be assured of the provision of high-quality care based on established best practice. The Minister and other stakeholders also signed the ‘Patient Safety First’ declaration of commitment as part of the National Framework for Clinical Effectiveness.‘Patient Safety First’ is an awareness raising initiative through which healthcare organisations declare their ongoing commitment to patient safety. Through participation in this initiative, those involved commit to play their part in improving the safety and quality of healthcare services. This commitment is intended to create the momentum for positive change towards patient safety.

DACC invite you to read the Ministers press release please click on this link www.dohc.ie/press/releases/2010/20100923.html

DACC invite you to learn more about Patient Safety First by clicking on this link www.patientsafetyfirst.gov.ie/index.php/safer-for-patients.html

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DACC invite you to visit the page on HSE website regarding the HPV vaccine and gain more information about the vaccine.

The HPV vaccine protects girls from getting cervical cancer when they are adults. HPV vaccination has begun for young girls in Ireland, and the website is designed to answer some common questions about the vaccine and to let you know when your daughter will be offered HPV Vaccine.

DACC- please click on this link www.hse.ie/eng/services/hpv/

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Gene-risk women are 'timebomb' for cancer

Women who have genes that leave them at a very high risk of developing breast cancer were described as "timebombs" by a leading cancer surgeon yesterday.Surgeon James Geraghty of St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin said it was essential that special care plans be made available to these women to allow them to easily avail of breast cancer screening and possible radical surgery. Survival -Speaking at the launch of Breast Cancer Awareness Month he said that, overall, the 2,600 women diagnosed annually with the disease now have an increased chance of survival thanks to various factors including the quality of care in the eight specialist hospitals and advanced drug treatments.However, a very small number of younger women, who have a strong family history of the disease, and find they have one or more breast cancer genes, need to be looked after, he said.They have a 56-84pc chance of going on to develop breast cancer in their lifetime and also a risk of getting ovarian cancer.An expert group has prepared a report with recommendations on their care which is with the Health Service Executive, he said. Women with the defective gene can reduce their risk of developing the cancer by 98pc by having a double mastectomy, he added. By Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent Friday September 10 2010 Courtesy of The Irish Independent

DACC INVITE YOU TO READ MORE BY CLICKING ON LINK

 www.independent.ie/health/latest-news/generisk-women-are-timebomb-for-cancer-2332704.html

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DACC  wish to inform women that from 1st Jan.2010 Action Cancer in Belfast can still offer breast screening to ladies in Donegal in a limited capacity  ( Approx 4 appointments a day).

A donation of a minimum of €100 for your mammogram is required. Appointments are offered to women aged 40-49 and 65+  To book an appointment with Action Cancer you must; Be aged 40-49 or 65+, Have no symptoms of breast cancer, Not have had a recent mammogram.

For an appointment phone 048 90 80 33 44 and ask for appointments.

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DACC invite you to view Dept of Health Annual Report 2009 launched 7th September 2010 by clicking on the link below

www.dohc.ie/publications/pdf/annual_report_2009.pdf?direct=1

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The National Cancer Registry Current Reports Brain and other CNS trends. Cancer Trends - Cancers of the brain and central nervous system Publication date/September 2010 - 2 pages)

DACC invite you to click on this link to read report  www.ncri.ie/pubs/pubfiles/Brain%20and%20other%20CNS%20trends.pdf

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Marie Keating Logo

LOOK GOOD FEEL GOOD Book
A Step by Step Makeup Book to boost your Confidence

At last, a make-up book that focuses on the needs of ordinary women instead of demonstrating on flawless models! Look Good Feel Good is different from other makeup books to as it focuses on six ordinary women with extraordinary stories and shows how make up transformed their looks and self esteem.
Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Marie Keating Foundation, and two of the women featured in the book are cancer survivors who get confidence boosting makeovers.  Look Good Feel Good published by two of the Irelands leading figures in the Irish beauty industry Award Winning Professional Makeup Artist Rhona Cullinan and Derek O Kelly, director at the Irish Academy of Makeup. Rhona and Derek both feel passionately about raising funds for the Marie Keating Foundation and have co authored this book to meet the needs of women they feel have been overlooked when it comes to cosmetics and makeup.

To read more DACC invite you to click on this link www.mariekeating.ie/article_426.php

 DACC ASK THAT WE  MAKE OURSELVES MORE AWARE OF WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BOWEL CANCER

55% of bowel cancer cases in Ireland diagnosed at an advanced stage
Follow-up national survey shows alarmingly low level of bowel cancer awareness among Irish public as National Bowel Cancer Seminar is announced
For the second year running, the Irish Cancer Society is designating April as national Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, and is once again launching a major campaign urging people across Ireland not to ignore a ‘gut feeling’. The latest data from the National Cancer Registry of Ireland shows that there were 2,216 new cases of bowel cancer diagnosed in 2008. Fifty-five percent of these patients were diagnosed at a more advanced stage of the disease requiring more complex treatment and care, which in turn has an impact on survival. Ireland has one of the highest incidence and mortality rates for the disease in Western Europe. In 2008, the Central Statistics Office recorded 966 deaths from bowel cancer.

For more information DACC encourage you to learn more about Bowel Cancer by clicking on the link below please
www.cancer.ie/cancerInfo/colorectal_cancer_information.php?r=bowelcancer

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Report: Cancer is the world's costliest disease

Cancer is world's top 'economic killer' as well as its leading cause of death, report finds

Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer, On Monday August 16, 2010, 7:22 pm EDT

Cancer is the world's top "economic killer" as well as its likely leading cause of death, the American Cancer Society contends in a new report it will present at a global cancer conference in China this week.Cancer costs more in productivity and lost life than AIDS, malaria, the flu and other diseases that spread person-to-person, the report concludes. Chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease and diabetes account for more than 60 percent of deaths worldwide but less than 3 percent of public and private funding for global health, said Rachel Nugent of the Center for Global Development, a Washington-based policy research group.Money shouldn't be taken away from fighting diseases that spread person-to-person, but the amount devoted to cancer is way out of whack with the impact it has, said Dr. Otis Brawley, the cancer society's chief medical officer.Cancer's economic toll was $895 billion in 2008 -- equivalent to 1.5 percent of the world's gross domestic product, the report says.  DACC invite you to read article by clicking on this link below please

 finance.yahoo.com/news/Report-Cancer-is-the-worlds-apf-3339685699.html?x=0

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Men's skin cancer death rate doubles over 30 years
Page last updated at 23:33 GMT, Sunday, 30 May 2010 0:33 UK Courtesy of BBC News

DACC INVITE YOU TO READ FULL ARTICLE BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK PLEASE news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/10172892.stm

DACC INVITE YOU TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SKIN CANCER BY CLICKING ON THE  LINKS BELOW  PLEASE

                                                                                              www.my-skincheck.com/00-partenariat.asp

www.cancer.ie/sunsmart/

Minister Harney welcomes launch of Health Funding Report  9 July 2010

The Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney T.D. today welcomed the publication of the report of the Expert Group on Resource Allocation and Financing in the Health Sector, which she established in April 2009. The Group was tasked with analysing the current resource allocation arrangements for health and personal social services, and recommending changes which would support the core objectives of the health reform programme. “The priorities we set, and the incentives we create, will mean more care in the community, improved service for patients, and more transparency in how money is used.“Alongside the progressive implementation of quality standards and licensing of hospitals, this is the next major step in health reform.

DACC invite you to read full article and report by clicking on the link below please

 www.dohc.ie/press/releases/2010/20100709.html

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DACC invite you to read the most recent report on cancer trends the National Cancer Registry 8th July 2010

 This describes cancer in adolescents and young adults (age 15-24 at the time  of diagnosis).

Please click on this link to view young adults

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Irish Cancer Society News
Date: 07 Jul 2010
 Patients and families from every social group incur hardship due to additional costs as a result of a cancer diagnosis
 Irish Cancer Society & National Cancer Registry Ireland launch report on the financial and economic impact of a cancer diagnosis for patients and their families in Ireland
Cancer patients and families experience financial hardship associated with seeing consultants, GPs or other healthcare professionals and buying medications to alleviate symptoms and side effects of treatment. The majority of patients have additional out-of-pocket expenses in relation to travelling to hospital appointments and increased utility bills because patients are at home more often than before their diagnosis from undergoing treatment or recuperating from surgery. These were some of the key findings in an in-depth study undertaken by the National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) in partnership with the Irish Cancer Society from 2007 - 2008

DACC INVITE YOU TO READ FULL ARTICLE WHERE THE REPORT CAN BE DOWNLOADED BELOW
www.cancer.ie/news/news.php?newsID=360?h

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Irish Cancer Society News
Date: 05 Jul 2010
Report entitled "Building Effective Cancer Support Services in Ireland" is published
 The Irish Cancer Society has published a major report entitled

"Building Effective Cancer Support Services in Ireland".
 DACC invite you to read more by clicking on the link below please

www.cancer.ie/news/news.php?newsID=359?h
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St Luke's could be used as hospice after closure, says Harney

  • By Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent Friday June 25 2010 Courtesy of The Irish Independent

A cancer facility that is due to close in four years will not be sold off and may instead be used to provide care for the terminally ill, Health Minister Mary Harney said yesterday. St Luke's hospital in Rathgar, Dublin, which provides radiotherapy treatment, has been at the centre of a row over its proposed closure, which is opposed by former patients

DACC invite you to click on the link below  to read full article

 www.independent.ie/health/latest-news/st-lukes-could-be-used-as-hospice-after-closure-says-harney-2234540.html

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                                             Athlone Institute Technology /Irish Cancer Society Study into Breast Cancer

At the launch of Breast Cancer Awareness Month today, preliminary results from a study, which identified factors that inhibit women from accessing breast cancer services, conducted by Athlone Institute of Technology in association with the Irish Cancer Society, were revealed. This qualitative study conducted in four major cancer care hospitals, representing every province in Ireland, included 52 breast cancer survivors who had been diagnosed with breast cancer between 2004 to 2009. The average age of women in the study was 53 years. The oldest participant was 81 years and the youngest was 31 years. When diagnosed, 30% of participants had a breast lump greater than 4cm, 60% of participants had a breast lump in the range of 2.1 – 4cm in size, with only 10% had a tumour size of less than 2cm. A tumour size of less than 2cm signifies Stage 1 breast cancer which is the earliest stage of this cancer(1).

DACC invite you to read the key results of the study  by clicking on the link below

 ht.://www.ait.ie/research/researchnews/title-679-en.html

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Celebrating Five Years of Prostate Cancer Research and Collaboration

The Irish Cancer Society recently hosted an event to celebrate five years of collaborative research in prostate cancer in Ireland, and to launch a report documenting significant research achievements (download the report below).The Prostate Cancer Research Consortium (PCRC) is a co-ordinated group of researchers and clinicians from universities and hospitals in Dublin whose aim is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. Established in 2004 with funding from the Irish Cancer Society, the PCRC aimed to link like-minded researchers from different academic institutions and hospitals to maximise research potential in this disease. Speaking at a recent event to celebrate five years of collaborative research in prostate cancer in Ireland Professor William Watson, co-founder of the PCRC, described some of the significant achievements of the Consortium:

DACC invite you to download the report by clicking on this link   www.cancer.ie/pdf/ProstateCancerReport2010.pdf

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DACC welcome Minister Harney’s banning of sunbed use for teenagers

Teens to be banned from sunbed use

The use of sunbeds by people under the age of 18 is to be banned, Health Minister, Mary Harney, has confirmed. Ms Harney said that she will be seeking Government approval ‘by the end of June' to introduce comprehensive legislation to regulate the use of sunbeds. Subject to Government approval, the Public Health (Sunbeds) Bill will include the following measures:

For full article DACC invite you to click on this link please www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=17439

[Posted: Wed 09/06/2010 by Deborah Condon - www.irishhealth.com

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DACC welcome Cervical Vaccine start- First schools to be visited starting Monday 17th May

Minister Harney welcomes announcement of details of the commencement by the HSE of HPV Vaccine Programme

Mary Harney TD, Minister for Health and Children announced her decision on 15th January 2010 to commence vaccination of girls who are currently in first year in secondary school with HPV vaccine to protect them from cervical cancer in the future. The Minister welcomes today's confirmation by the HSE of the 17th May as the starting date for the delivery of the vaccination programme. The first schools will be visited during the week of 17th May 2010 with the remainder of schools commencing the programme in September 2010. The Minister re-affirmed that during 2010 all girls currently in first year and those entering first year in September next will be offered the vaccination.  Additional funding has been made available to the HSE to allow for the programme, which will require 30,000 girls to receive three doses of the vaccine each year, to be delivered as announced.  Parents and schools will be sent information packs by the HSE in the coming weeks, letting them know of the programme and when their daughter’s vaccinations will begin. The programme aims to achieve a high uptake of over 80% for a completed three dose vaccine course. Minister Harney said “This programme represents an effective public health protection measure and is an important element to our already well developed cancer prevention and control strategy and I would encourage all those interested to visit the dedicated HSE website at www.hpv.ie to inform themselves of the details and have their questions answered.”

DACC ASK THAT YOU GET MORE INFORMATION BY VISITING WWW.HPV.IE                             07 May 2010 Courtesy Dept of Health website                                                                             ************************************************************************

22m hospital building to open this year

Posted online: May 6th, 2010 Courtesy of The Letterkenny Post

Letterkenny’s new “hospital within a hospital” is now beginning to take shape – and should be completed by the end of the year.
The new three-storey medical block – with a new Emergency Department – will cost €22 million, the Post can reveal.
There are currently approximately 140 construction personnel involved on site activities with significant local labour and sub-contractors also employed.
Anyone passing by the hospital on the Kilmacrennan Road will have noticed the new block in recent weeks. The multi-million euro building will incorporate an Emergency Department, Medical Assessment Unit, and three floors of 24-bedded medical wards. The Medical Assessment Unit contains 11 beds including isolation facilities. The total floor area of the development is approximately 6,600 square metres. The development, which is the largest capital development currently in the western region of the HSE, also includes a new waste facility and mortuary chapel that have already been completed. The Emergency Department will have 20 patient treatment spaces, which include major and minor treatment cubicles and rooms, plaster bays, resuscitation spaces and a dedicated x-ray room for the emergency department, which will reduce transfer times of patients, and thus decreasing treatment times. It is designed to cater for approximately 42,000 new attendances per annum, while the current attendance rate is approximately 30,000 per annum. When the contract for the works was signed, Sean Murphy, Manager, Letterkenny General Hospital, commented that the development “will effectively be a new hospital in Letterkenny.” The main contractor is is Michael McNamara & Co Ltd

DACC invite you to please click on this link for view of new A& E  www.letterkennypost.com/

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European Health Insurance Card – change from 1 May 2010

It is an objective of the European Commission to facilitate the movement of people, workers and pensioners, to move freely within the European Union. To encourage this free movement people who are linked to the Social Security System of any State can receive healthcare in any other Member State at the cost of the home State.A part of this system is the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which entitles a person to necessary healthcare in the public system of any EU/EEA member State and Switzerland, if they become ill or injured while on a temporary stay in that country Due to a change in European law, from the 1st May 2010 responsibility for issuing the EHIC will no longer rest with a persons state of residence.

 DACC invite you to click this link to the Dept of Health website please for more information   www.dohc.ie/issues/ehic/

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Prostate cancer vaccine wins US approval 
Courtesy of BBC news at 12:24 GMT, Friday, 30 April 2010 13:24 UK
The cancer vaccine is not a "cure" for prostate cancer
A "vaccine" which harnesses the body's own immune system to fight prostate cancer has been approved for use by US drug regulators. Provenge - which is designed to be used in men with advanced disease - is the first of its kind to be accepted by the Food and Drug Administration.  Each dose has to be individually tailored and it is an expensive treatment at $93,000 per patient.
DACC invite you to please click on this link below  to BBC news website for full article

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8654039.stm

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DACC wish to inform people of the following change to the Irish Cancer Society phone numbers

The Irish Cancer Society Helpline phone numbers

Please note that the Irish Cancer Society has decided to merge its three helpline numbers into one number. Therefore from January 2010, the National Cancer Helpline (1 800 200 700) will answer any question on any cancer free of charge. The Action Breast Cancer Helpline and the Action Prostate Cancer Helpline will now form part of this one number 1 800 200 700 and any questions about Breast or Prostate Cancer will be answered by Specialist Nurses. >

DACC invite you to click and read   www.cancer.ie/contact.php

 National Cancer Helpline 1 800 200 700 (Mon-Thurs 9-7, Friday 9-5) Smokers' Quitline 1 850 201 203

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DACC congratulate Letterkenny General Hospital on HIQA report

 25 February 2010: The Health Information and Quality Authority    national report into the quality and safety of symptomatic breast disease services in Ireland and eight local hospital reports of the designated centres. The Authority has identified that significant progress has been made in providing high quality and safe services, though improvements are needed to make this sustainable.

To read report DACC ask you click on  this linkA

www.hiqa.ie/media/pdfs/Symptomatic_Breast_Disease_Services_National_report_2010%20.pdf

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Irish Cancer Society News
"Living with lymphoedema in Ireland - patient and service provider perspectives"
Background
A research team from Dublin City University in association with the Irish Cancer Society led a study to investigate services for people with lymphoedema from the perspective of service providers and the experiences of people living with lymphoedema in Ireland. The study was published in February 2010

DACC  invite you to read this report, please click on this link    www.cancer.ie

DACC have been proactive in Donegal regarding lymphodema          Date: 19 Feb 2010

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                                          Blood test could help screen for colon cancer                     The Irish Times - Tuesday, February 9, 2010

For DACC link to this page please click on www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/health/2010/0209/1224264026681.html

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HSE plans to reduce admissions

A reduction of 33,000 in hospital emergency department admissions, an overall cut of nearly 6% in inpatient care, and savings measures of €106 million for 2010 are outlined in the HSE's latest service plan, which has now been approved by Health Minister Mary Harney.

Statement on HSE National Service Plan, 2010 by Minister Harney      8 February 2010

The Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney, T.D. today (Monday 8 February) announced her approval of the HSE National Service Plan 2010.

DACC invite you to read the Minister’s statement, please click on this link  www.dohc.ie/press/releases/2010/20100208.html

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DACC WISH TO INFORM PEOPLE OF SUPPORT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH CANCER

                                   CanTeen Ireland, Ireland's young people's cancer support group.

In Today's World world cancer is a commonplace illness that affects thousands of people. In many countries groups have been set up to help people with cancer, and some particularly to help young people who have to deal with such an illness early in their lives.

What is CanTeen Ireland?
CanTeen Ireland is a nation-wide support group for young people who have or have had cancer, and for their brothers, sisters and friends. CanTeen Ireland was set up in 1990 by a group of dedicated health professionals. They are associated with the Irish Cancer Society and can be contacted through the Irish Cancer Society, or through the social worker in the hospitals.

 DACC invite you to view CanTeen website please click on this link www.canteen.ie/

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                    The National Cancer Screening Service

DACC welcome -Implementing Ireland’s First National Population-based Colorectal Cancer Screening Programme
Download publication (PDF 115KB)  PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK BELOW

http://www.cancerscreening.ie/publications/Colorectal_BB_P11.pdf

For Minister Mary Harney’s Press Release please click on this linkwww.dohc.ie/press/releases/2010/20100115.html

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A core national cancer dataset (CNCDS)

There is a growing recognition of the need to base cancer control policies on accurate, detailed and timely information on cancer management and outcomes. Traditionally, most national population-based information on cancer in Ireland has come from cancer registration, which has the strengths of being comprehensive, accurate and population-based. However cancer registration is retrospective and has, in the past, centred on producing accurate reports a year or more after the year of diagnosis.

DACC invite you to read more please click on this link ncri.ie/news/20100118.shtml                     January 19th 2010

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                                                                     Dec.09   Health in Ireland, Key Trends 2009

                         DACC invite you to view click on this link please www.dohc.ie/publications/pdf/keytrends09.pdf?direct=1

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An atlas of cancer in Ireland 1994-2003

The National Cancer Registry will publish the first atlas of cancer in Ireland on December 1st. 2009. This atlas provides detailed geographical information on the distribution of all the common cancers in Ireland, over a ten year period from 1994 to 2003.Monday, November 30th, 2009.    To view the atlas please click on the link below

                                                                                   ncri.ie/news/20091130.shtml

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