Time To Act Ireland: Don't let Covid-19 stop you from tackling Cancer

We are pleased to announce the virtual launch event of the Time To Act campaign in over 30 languages:  Don’t let Covid-19 stop you from tackling Cancer. 


Time To Act in Ireland, hosted by Professor Mark Lawler, Co-Chair of the European Cancer Organisation’s Special Network on the Impact of Covid-19 on Cancer, and Professor Risteárd Ó Laoide, Director of the Irish National Cancer Control Programme, will be held on Friday 4 February, World Cancer Day, from 11:00-12:00 GMT (12:00-13:00 CET) and you can register, free-of-charge, by clicking the “Apply for Registration” button below.

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04 February 2022 11:00 - 12:00 GMT

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The Time To Act campaign (www.TimeToActCancer.com), with materials available in over 30 languages, urges every country in Europe to achieve the continuation of cancer services to avoid the Covid-19 pandemic creating a new cancer epidemic in its wake. To this end, the awareness campaign was conceived and developed to ensure greater attention is focussed on cancer care services during the Covid-19 pandemic.

After the European Launch of the Campaign in May 2021, we held national events across individual European countries. You can see here a short video-summary of the national events already held in Poland, Italy, Spain, Romania, France, Malta, Croatia, Cyprus, Portugal and Slovenia, with National Health Ministers and the EU Health Commissioner, Stella Kyriakides, participating at each of these events.

In early 2021, a data study by ECO estimated that up to 1 million across Europe could have had their cancer undiagnosed during the pandemic as well as other concerning numbers which emphasise the importance that proper focus is given to cancer detection and treatment in the coming year.  Since this study we have continued to collect data, which led to the creation of the Time To Act Data Navigator, an interactive online tool which shows the different data available in the different countries, launched at this year’s European Cancer Summit. 

  • Visit the Time To Act website & English resources here.
  • See the Time To Act campaign supporters here


Programme - Friday 4 February 11:00-12:00 GMT

On the occasion of World Cancer Day we are delighted to bring together a leading group of  experts including Policy-makers, Oncologists and patient Advocates to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on Cancer.

Welcome and introduction:
  • Risteárd Ó Laoide, Director of the Irish National Cancer Control Programme
  • Mark Lawler, Co-Chair, Special Network on the Impact of Covid-19 on Cancer, European Cancer Organisation
Keynote speeches from:
  • Stella Kyriakides, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
  • Stephen Donnelly, Minister for Health, Ireland
Interventions from:
  • Frances Fitzgerald MEP, Vice-Chair, EPP Group, European Parliament
  • John F. Ryan, Deputy Director General for Health, European Commission
  • Deirdre Murray, Director, National Cancer Registry Ireland
  • Anne-Marie Baird, Member, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation, and President, Lung Cancer Eurpoe (LuCE)
Live Panel discussion and Q&A session with:
  • Louise Burke, Dean of Pathology, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
  • Caitríona McCarthy, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, National Cancer Control Programme
  • Seamus O’Reilly, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Cork, Mercy & South Infirmary University Hospitals; Vice-Clinical Lead, Cancer Trials Ireland
  • Rachel Morrogh, Director of Advocacy and External Affairs, Irish Cancer Society 

Please register here to participate in the event and receive connection details.

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Speakers

  • Stella Kyriakides EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
  • Stephen Donnelly Minister for Health, Ireland
  • John F. Ryan Deputy Director General for Health, European Commission
  • Frances Fitzgerald MEP Vice-Chair, EPP Group, European Parliament
  • Risteárd Ó Laoide Director of the Irish National Cancer Control Programme
  • Deirdre Murray Director, National Cancer Registry Ireland

Speakers

  • Stella Kyriakides EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
  • Stephen Donnelly Minister for Health, Ireland
  • John F. Ryan Deputy Director General for Health, European Commission
  • Frances Fitzgerald MEP Vice-Chair, EPP Group, European Parliament
  • Risteárd Ó Laoide Director of the Irish National Cancer Control Programme
  • Deirdre Murray Director, National Cancer Registry Ireland
  • Stella Kyriakides EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
  • Stephen Donnelly Minister for Health, Ireland Read Bio
  • John F. Ryan Deputy Director General for Health, European Commission Read Bio
  • Frances Fitzgerald MEP Vice-Chair, EPP Group, European Parliament Read Bio
  • Risteárd Ó Laoide Director of the Irish National Cancer Control Programme
  • Deirdre Murray Director, National Cancer Registry Ireland Read Bio
  • Seamus O’Reilly Consultant Medical Oncologist, Cork, Mercy & South Infirmary University Hospitals; Vice-Clinical Lead, Cancer Trials Ireland Read Bio
  • Caitríona McCarthy Consultant in Public Health Medicine, National Cancer Control Programme
  • Louise Burke Dean of Pathology, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Read Bio
  • Rachel Morrogh Director of Advocacy and External Affairs, Irish Cancer Society Read Bio
  • Mark Lawler Co-Chair, Special Network on the Impact of Covid-19 on Cancer, European Cancer Organisation Read Bio
  • Maria Fleming Advocacy Champion for the Irish Cancer Society Read Bio
  • Anne-Marie Baird Member, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation, and President, Lung Cancer Eurpoe (LuCE) Read Bio

Speakers

  • Stella Kyriakides EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
  • Stephen Donnelly Minister for Health, Ireland
  • John F. Ryan Deputy Director General for Health, European Commission
  • Frances Fitzgerald MEP Vice-Chair, EPP Group, European Parliament
  • Risteárd Ó Laoide Director of the Irish National Cancer Control Programme
  • Deirdre Murray Director, National Cancer Registry Ireland

Speakers

  • Stella Kyriakides EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
  • Stephen Donnelly Minister for Health, Ireland
  • John F. Ryan Deputy Director General for Health, European Commission
  • Frances Fitzgerald MEP Vice-Chair, EPP Group, European Parliament
  • Risteárd Ó Laoide Director of the Irish National Cancer Control Programme
  • Deirdre Murray Director, National Cancer Registry Ireland