Author archive: Louise Carey
11
September
2020

Stop smoking – Covid-19 advice

In response to the latest Department of Health smoking cessation statistics (Sept 2020), Gerry McElwee, Head of Cancer Prevention, Cancer Focus NI, said: “Stopping smoking can be challenging for people at any time. Indeed, this is a crucial time to consider giving up smoking, to reduce the risk of c...

21
August
2020

Reflections of a retiring Chief Executive

Who I Am Now…   Who was I? Who am I? I was the 5.15 alarm and the 6.40 train. I was the hustle, I was the bustle, I was the heart-sink at the three-car collision on the West Link, I was the strategy, I was the plan, I was the report, the summary, the aim, the goal. I was the committee, I was th...

28
July
2020

          Referrals for suspected cancer dropped 71%

A new UK study involving Queen’s University Belfast researchers, showing that urgent GP referrals for suspected cancer dropped by a huge 71% during lockdown, has just been published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet Oncology (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32702311/). The research exami...

15
June
2020

Men urged to ‘Restore the Balance’

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland is encouraging local men to use 2020’s International Men’s Health Week (MHW) (June 15-21) to do something practical to improve their health. After the many difficulties thrown up by months of lockdown, the MHW theme is ‘Restoring the Balance’, to help men re-build...