Donegal fight against cancer continues into 2014

Relay for Life charity launched in Letterkenny

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People here have been urged to make themselves aware of the signs and symptoms of the common cancers to help detect the disease as early as possible.

Speaking at the launch of Relay for Life 2014, Irish Cancer Society CEO John McCormack encouraged anyone with concerns about cancer to visit the new Daffodil Centre, now open at its temporary home in the Letterkenny Shopping Centre.

Statistics from the National Cancer Registry have revealed that an average of around 635 people are diagnosed with cancer in Donegal every year but that number is expected to rise with one in every three people eventually developing the disease.

The three most common cancers in Ireland – skin cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer – are among the most treatable forms of the illness with five-year survival rates running from 85 to 97 per cent.

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