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Someone is diagnosed with cancer every 15 minutes in Ireland

People are today asked to purchase a pin in support of Daffodil Day.

TODAY IS DAFFODIL Day and members of the public are encouraged to support its cause by purchasing a flower.

The day is organised by the Irish Cancer Society and supported by computer company Dell.

The most recent data from the National Cancer Registry shows that 33,000 people were diagnosed with cancer in Ireland in 2012. That equates to a diagnosis every 15 minutes.


The day, which has been running for 28 years, aims to raise €3.5 million this year to help towards the work of the Irish Cancer Society.

The group use the money to provide services including counselling support, providing transportation and practical advice on dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

A big part of the group’s work is providing night nursing support. The Irish Cancer Society provides the only night time care service for families in their own homes, and last year provided 7,800 nights of care to 1,670 patients.


Speaking prior to Daffodil Day, chief executive officer of the Irish Cancer Society, said, “we know the impact that the words ‘you have cancer’ can have on someone, and how it changes their lives and the lives of those close to them”.

We need you to make a donation. There are so many ways you can do it – but we need you to do it tomorrow, without that support we won’t be able to continue to be there for those with cancer.

People are able to contribute to the cause by buying a daffodil pin, calling 1860 606060 or by texting ‘Daff’ to 50300 to donate €4.

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