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 email@example.com.
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
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.