Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams TD, has commended the Irish Cancer Society and Action Breast Cancer, and Action Cancer for their efforts in raising awareness around the issue of breast cancer.
This morning the Sinn Féin leader and party colleague Martina Anderson MEP joined TDs and activists outside the Dáil in support of the Get the Girls campaign to highlight the issue of breast cancer and to raise money for breast cancer services and research.
Deputy Adams said:
“For over two decades October has been designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month around the world. The pink ribbon or the wearing of pink has become synonymous with the campaign to raise awareness of this dreadful disease.
“Over 4,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year across the island of Ireland. Around 40 of these or, one per cent, will be men. In the North, around 300 women die each year as a result of breast cancer.
“The Irish Cancer Society and Action Cancer run extensive breast screening services which have saved many lives. They have also raised significant amounts of money to improve the outcome for patients and for research.
“I want to commend all of those involved in raising awareness around breast cancer and I would urge anyone with the slightest concern to immediately contact their doctor or any of the campaign organisations, all of whom provide extensive information on their web sites.”