Breakthrough Cancer Research calls for urgent response to find new treatments

A Cork cancer research charity says the pandemic has created a ‘ticking timebomb’ for the disease.

Breakthrough Cancer Research’s calling for an urgent response to find new treatments, similar to the fight against Covid-19, as part of World Cancer Day.

Chief executive Orla Dolan says it’s important to note the disease hasn’t gone away.

“On a day like World Cancer Day we can celebrate how many survivors we have right now which is 200,000 in the country; but still we have 9,000 people who don’t make it every year.

“The only way we’re going to change that is to research.

“This is the day where we’re calling on people to take the impetus we put into Covid and getting a vaccine in record time, and putting that into the other big “C” in our lives which is cancer, so we can make that change to that disease too.”

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