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Oc­to­ber is Breast Can­cer Aware­ness month, and the Ir­ish Can­cer So­ci­ety is keen for women to dis­cuss any breast ab­nor­mal­i­ties with their doc­tors early. Joan Kelly, can­cer sup­port man­ager at the so­ci­ety, says that “be­ing breast aware means know­ing what is nor­mal for you so that if any un­usual change oc­curs, talk to your doc­tor with­out de­lay.” Be­ing a healthy weight, be­ing ac­tive for 30 min­utes a day, re­duc­ing al­co­hol con­sump­tion, breast­feed­ing, not smok­ing and at­tend­ing Breastcheck when called are all ways to re­duce your risk of get­ting can­cer.

A six-week course on prostate can­cer starts on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 17th, at the ARC Can­cer Sup­port Cen­tre in Ec­cles Street, Dublin 1. Top­ics in­clude manag­ing the anx­i­ety and fear around a can­cer di­ag­no­sis, re­la­tion­ship is­sues and phys­i­cal is­sues. Book­ing on tel: 01 8307333 or email info@ar­c­cancer­sup­port.ie.

OCD Ire­land, the sup­port group for peo­ple with ob­ses­sive com­pul­sive dis­or­ders, hosts a free se­ries of talks on the third Wed­nes­day of each month in St Pa­trick’s Univer­sity Hospi­tal, Dublin. Psy­chol­o­gist Fion­nula MacLiam will speak about body dys­mor­phic disor­der (when some­one be­lieves a part of their body is se­verely flawed) on Oc­to­ber 17th at 7pm.

The Royal Col­lege of Physi­cians of Ire­land will hold a pub­lic talk on men­tal and phys­i­cal well­be­ing on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 18th, at 6pm as part of the an­nual St Luke’s Sym­po­sium. Men­tal health ad­vo­cate Brent Pope will speak about men’s men­tal health – draw­ing from his per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence with anx­i­ety. Dr Cliodhna Fo­ley-Nolan, from Safe­food, will dis­cuss the links be­tween ap­petite, mood, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, food cul­ture and our genes. Dr Anne-Marie Tobin, con­sul­tant der­ma­tol­o­gist, will speak about pro­tect­ing skin and spot­ting the signs of skin dam­age. Ad­mis­sion free but ad­vanced book­ing on rcpi.ie

When Some­one You Care About is Dy­ing in Hospi­tal – What to

Ex­pect is the ti­tle of a new book­let pro­duced by the Ir­ish Hos­pice Foun­da­tion and the HSE. The book­let of­fers prac­ti­cal ad­vice on cop­ing with changes in the per­son who is dy­ing, talk­ing about feel­ings, what to do if some­one dies while you are with them, etc. The Hos­pice Friendly Hos­pi­tals Pro­gramme wants end-of-life, pal­lia­tive and be­reave­ment care to be cen­tral to the ev­ery­day busi­ness of hos­pi­tals across Ire­land. The book­let can be down­loaded on hos­pice­foun­da­tion.ie

The HSE, Safe­food and Healthy Ire­land are en­cour­ag­ing par­ents to re­duce the amount of screen time their chil­dren have so that they can be­come more ac­tive. The START cam­paign en­cour­ages fam­i­lies to make a “play pact” by com­mit­ting as a fam­ily to pause for play and spend less time on their screens. Sarah O’Brien, HSE na­tional lead on the START cam­paign, says: “Ideally, un­der-twos should have no screen time, while un­der-fives should have no more than an hour a day. For older chil­dren, it’s im­por­tant to agree set lim­its that suit your fam­ily and to stick to them.” See makeas­t­art.ie

PHO­TO­GRAPH: LEON FAR­RELL/PHO­TO­CALL IRE­LAND

Al­fie the dog leads the charge, along with So­nia O’Sul­li­van, Rob­bie Hen­shaw, Shane Byrne, Anna Geary and oth­ers ahead of Breast Can­cer Ire­land’s Great Pink Run which will take place in the Phoenix Park on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13th, and in Kilkenny Cas­tle Park on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 14th. To regis­ter go to great­pinkrun.ie.

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