Cancer Focus Northern Ireland, Belfast

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland Contact Details

028 9066 3281
028 9066 8715
40-44 Eglantine Avenue
County Antrim

About Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland is a local cancer charity working since 1969 to reduce the impact of cancer on people’s lives. We provide care and support services for cancer patients and their families; offer a range of cancer prevention programmes to help people lessen their risk of getting cancer; fund scientific research into the causes and treatment of the disease and campaign for better health policy to protect our community and its future.

We know that 1 in every 2 of us is likely to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives.  We have seen strides made in cancer research into new and better treatments and strong promotion of the early signs and symptoms of cancer leading to earlier diagnosis. Both of these activities have contributed to a much better prognosis for cancer patients in Northern Ireland with more people going on to live full lives after their treatment has ended.

 This has led to greater demand for the services provided by Cancer Focus NI. Each year we support 5,800 local people affected by cancer, provide 4,000 counselling services, answer 2,000 helpline enquiries to 0800 783 3339, support 180 children whose parent is living with cancer and hold 600 art therapy sessions.

We help your community take positive steps to a healthier life to lower their risk of cancer. Every year we help 68,000 children through school and nursery visits, provide community health events for 28,000 people, deliver our stop smoking service to 4,000 smokers and provide professional training to 500 healthcare professionals.

We are determined to bring a more hopeful future by funding ground breaking research. We have invested over £11m in local cancer research, provided funding to set up the Dept. of Oncology at Queens University Belfast, backed research to reduce risk of breast and ovarian cancer in women with BRCA1 gene and funded public services based on research by Ulster University.

We deliver campaigns to increase cancer awareness and work with politicians and decision makers to develop legislation that helps us look after our own health.

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland News

Oct 20, 2015
Cancer Focus NI is a first at RSPH public health award

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland is the first local charity to receive recognition for its excellent achievements at the prestigious Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) annual awards. A total of 26 organisations from across the UK were presented with awards for their work in health and wellbeing - but Cancer Focus NI is the first Northern Ireland organisation to be honoured in the award’s eight year history. Cancer Focus NI received its award for best practice in its wide-ranging work in cancer prevention and care services, particularly the Well Aware service, which brings health checks to older people in the community and raises awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease. The Well Aware team has visited thousands of residents at sheltered accommodation and community venues all over Northern Ireland. Dervilia Kernaghan, Cancer Focus NI Well Aware Project Coordinator, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised by the RSPH. As we grow older our risk of cancer increases with around 75% of diagnoses in the over 60s. Because of this, Cancer Focus NI felt it was vitally important to offer health improvement services targeting this age group. “Our aim is to empower older people to take control of their own health and to feel confident enough to speak to a doctor if they have any concerns. We’re delighted with the positive response we’ve had since the project started two years ago. It’s obvious we are filling a need among some of the most vulnerable in our society.” She added: “Our key messages to everyone, regardless of age, are don’t smoke, eat a healthy diet, limit alcohol, exercise regularly, take care in the sun and take up cancer screening when invited.” Shirley Cramer, CEO of RSPH, said: “The RSPH has a long history of promoting good practice in public health and we are proud of our Health and Wellbeing Awards, which provide a stage to celebrate the great work of organisations regardless of their sector, size and setting. “It was an extremely competitive field this year and I would like to congratulate our 2015 winners who are all exemplars of innovative, progressive programmes to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. I hope that their effective programmes will be adopted and celebrated elsewhere.” There were entries from local authorities, health organisations, education providers, social enterprises, voluntary/charity organisations and private sector organisations all over the UK. Well Aware is a partnership between Cancer Focus NI and Choice Housing and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund. For more information or to arrange a Well Aware visit, email or call 028 9068 0743. To book the Cancer Focus NI Keeping Well health check van for your workplace or organisation, call 028 9066 3281 or email If you have any concerns about cancer call the free, local Cancer Focus NI helpline on 0800 783 3339.
Sep 19, 2015
Statement from Cancer Focus NI on Health Minister's announcement of £1.5m for new drugs

Roisin Foster, Chief Executive of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland, today gave a cautious welcome to the Health Minister’s announcement of an extra £1.5m for specialist drugs, including some cancer-related drugs. Mrs Foster, however, warned that more needed to be done. Cancer Focus NI is spearheading a campaign for local cancer patients to have the same access to specialist cancer drugs as patients in the rest of the UK, and is calling for a specialist cancer drugs fund to be set up for Northern Ireland. Mrs Foster said: “We are pleased to hear there has been some progress in this area. This £1.5m will go some way to improving the situation for some patients but there is a much wider need for more specialist drugs that needs to be addressed. “We are also currently awaiting the outcome of a public consultation on the unsatisfactory Individual Funding Request system which exists at present. “Each day 25 people in Northern Ireland are diagnosed with cancer and 11 people die from the disease. We are trying to get the best possible outcome for these people so they can live as well and as long as they can after a cancer diagnosis.”

Location of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland near Belfast, Northern Ireland

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland Branches
2 Market Street, Bangor
028 91479550
559 Lisburn Road, Belfast
028 9066 6010
16 Regent Street, Newtownards
028 91817688
14-16 The Diamond, Londonderry
028 7126 5425