Waiting times for MRI brain scans were estimated to be on average 20 times longer in the public system than in the private. Pic : Bryan O’Brien

‘Can I live without this?” Most of us ask ourselves this question every day. Be it that second cup of coffee, the “We’re on our way to the USA” World (...)

The more we drink, the greater the risk of alcohol-related cancer. However,  cancers caused by alcohol can take many years to develop. Photograph: Thinkstock

According to Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer(CMO) for England, “drinking any level of alcohol regularly carries a health risk for anyone,(...)

The report argues that the widespread use of agency nurses in inpatient hospital units – who are often unfamiliar with patient issues and hospital processes – should be phased out. Photograph: Joerg Reimann/Getty Images

Deficiencies remain in aspects of cancer care in Ireland despite major progress in recent years, an international evaluation commissioned by the Gove(...)

Coloured mammogram of a woman’s breast that contains a cancerous tumour. The new test can help determine the most effective type of treatment for patients.

A new test has significantly reduced over-treatment of breast cancer patients with chemotherapy and saved the Health Service Executive €800,000, new (...)

The danger within: the survival rate for lung-cancer patients has increased from 10 per cent to 15 per cent. Illustration: Sciepro/SPL/Getty

We’ve got cancer licked. More and more people are getting cancer. Lifestyle plays a big role. Actually, it’s more down to luck.You don’t have to look (...)

 Irish Cancer Society volunteer May Ryan with “Daff Man” James Gilleran at the launch of the 28th Daffodil Day, which takes place on Friday, March 27th. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish people must continue their generosity in order to combat the worst effects of the country’s rapidly increasing cancer rates, according to Irish (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar speaking at the launch of the NCCP cancer report ‘A Strategy for Cancer Control in Irland’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland will see a doubling in the incidence of cancer by 2040, according to a new report published today.The National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP)(...)

 St James’s Hospital is one of eight designated cancer services centres. Photograph: Alan Betson

A new national cancer strategy for the development of services in the years ahead is to be drawn up, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar will announce t(...)

Breast cancer cells

Only 5 to 10 per cent of women in Ireland diagnosed with breast cancer will have the genetic mutation that prompted actor Angelina Jolie to und(...)

Joanne Hunt A new smartphone app has been designed to help women better understand their breast pa(...)