Author archive: Louise Carey

Make March your month to quit

Linda McCartney (55), Belfast, is a Cancer Focus NI stop smoking specialist who takes sessions at Dunmurry Dental Clinic. She was a 20 a day smoker but gave up two years ago. She’s married to Brendan and has four sons and four grandchildren. As part of No Smoking Month in March, she urges smokers to...


Stephanie urges women to get smear tests

Cancer Focus NI – celebrating its 50th year – marks half a century of helping people affected by cancer in Northern Ireland. To help highlight this special anniversary, cancer survivor Stephanie McKervill (31) spells out how much Cancer Focus NI has done for her. She is a member of the Cancer...


Hope for the future

Breast cancer survivor Emily Stanton, mum to Liam (13) and Rhys (9)  “I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2015. Then I found out I was HER-2 positive, a generally more aggressive type of breast cancer which put me in a higher risk category. Thankfully the cancer was caught early and hadn’t spr...


Call for urgent action on HPV vaccine for NI boys

The urgent need to introduce the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine for local boys was highlighted today (Wed 7th Nov) at the annual Cancer Focus Northern Ireland Men’s Health Conference. Unless an implementation plan for the vaccine’s roll out is made available soon there is a danger that boys in...


Equal Access to cancer drugs granted

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland has warmly welcomed the Department of Health’s decision to grant NI cancer patients the same access to life extending drugs as patients living in the rest of the UK following its four year Equal Access campaign. In 2014 Cancer Focus NI spearheaded the Equal Access campa...