Blue September is part of an international campaign that seeks to tackle the fact that men are more likely to develop and die of cancer than women and that men are less likely to discuss their personal health concerns with family, friends or their GP.
It is organised in Ireland by the Men’s Cancer Alliance (MCA) – a new umbrella alliance, formed by The Mater Hospital Foundation, The Mercy Hospital Foundation and Cancer Care West organisations.
The World Health Organisation predict that cancer cases will increase by 70% in the next two decades so there now needs to be more commitment to prevention and early detection of cancer to complement improvements in treatments for cancer patients.
As 1 in 4 women and 1 in 3 men in Ireland will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime we want men to start facing up to their increased cancer risk and take more responsibility for their own health.
Blue September is a fun way of delivering this message and we know that if more men took better care of their health we could significantly reduce the numbers of men dying from cancer every year in Ireland.
Men's Cancer Alliance (MCA) is the new umbrella alliance, formed by The Mater Hospital Foundation, The Mercy Hospital Foundation and Cancer Care West organisations. The aim of the Men's Cancer Alliance is to create awareness about men's cancers, treatments and supports available and to raise funds to create and maintain a number of men's cancer support initiatives. Read more...