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Statistically, breast cancer survival rates are improving in Ireland as a result of the government screening programme for women aged 50-65 years. However, Breast Cancer Ireland feels strongly about educating our younger women and making them more aware of the importance of good breast health. Currently, we are seeing just under 30% of cases diagnosed for women aged 20-50 years! The best person to hear it from is someone who has gone through it, so below are some of our supporters who have tackled breast cancer and want to tell their story.

Arlene Hennessy

Arlene Hennessy

In January 2018, I found a lump in my left breast which I first thought was bruising from my underwire bra ,,,

Dawn Fahy

Dawn Fahy

My symptoms were a tingling/uncomfortable sensation on my left nipple. I ignored these symptoms for nearly a year …. 

Emily Ryan

Emily Ryan

In September 2018, whilst taking a shower Emily found a lump after checking herself. Initially thinking it was a blocked duct as she was …

Dara McDonough

Dara McDonough

A Meath dad has told how he was completely “taken aback” after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Dara McDonough, 59, found … 

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