Cancer Prevention

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Northern Ireland. By the age of 75, more than one in three of the population will be affected by cancer with one in four deaths resulting from cancer. However, more people are surviving cancer.  When cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, treatment is more likely to be successful. So finding cancer early can make a real difference.

The Health Improvement Department provide cancer prevention information sessions for men and women of all ages in workplaces, colleges and communities throughout the Western Trust Area. The aim is to provide people with knowledge of the signs and symptoms of the main cancers that affect them.
We also provide training for people interested in delivering cancer prevention information sessions within their local community.

The key cancers covered within these sessions include:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Bowel Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer

For more information:

Action Cancer

Bowel Cancer UK

Cancer Focus

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Screening

Care in the Sun

European Code against Cancer

  1. Do not smoke. Do not use any form of tobacco.
  2. Make your home smoke free.  Support smoke-free policies in your workplace.
  3. Take action to be a healthy body weight.
  4. Be physically active in everyday life.  Limit the time you spend sitting.
  5. Have a healthy diet: Eat plenty of whole grans, pulses, vegetables and fruits. Limit high calorie foods (food high in sugar or fat) and avoid sugary drinks. Avoid processed meat, limit red met and foods high in salt.
  6. If you drink alcohol of any type, limit your intake. Not drinking alcohol is better for cancer prevention.
  7. Avoid too much sun, especially for children. Use sun protection. Do not use sunbeds.
  8. In the workplace, protect yourself against cancer-causing substances by following health and safety instructions.
  9. Find out if you are exposed to radiation from naturally high radon levels in your home.  Take action to reduce high radon levels.
  10. For women: Breastfeeding reduces the mother's cancer risk. If you can, breastfeed your baby. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increases the risk of certain cancers. Limit the use of HRT.
  11. Ensure your children take part in vaccination programs for: Hepatitis B (newborns) Human papillomavirus (HPV) for girls
  12. Take part in organized cancer screening programs for: Bowel cancer (men and women), breast cancer (women) and cervical cancer (women).

For information please contact the Health Improvement Department on or (028) 7186 5127.

The Health Improvement Department provide a range of free information leaflets and training opportunities.

To view our catalogue of leaflets click here.

To view our Training Brochure click here.