Irish Cancer Society rolls out free health checks in Dublin shopping centres

By Roisin Cullen

The Irish Cancer Society is bringing its immensely popular heath check roadshow to shopping centres around Dublin this week.

There has already been an unprecedented demand for the "Your Health Matters" free checks.

Staff at the first edition of the roadshow in Tallaght carried out over 200 health checks in just two days.

The free checks will give Dubliners the chance to get a free health check and to have a conversation with a nurse about any health issues they may be having.

The Irish Cancer Society is concerned that some people may not have sought medical advice for symptoms of cancer because of the pandemic.

The free consultations include a blood pressure check, body mass index (BMI) and carbon monoxide (CO) readings.

The Irish Cancer Society's Director of Advocacy, Rachel Morrogh said that there is an extraordinary interest in the roadshow.

She said: "The extraordinary engagement and interest in the ‘ Your Health Matters ’ roadshow shows a real appetite from the general public to look after their health.

"People have been coming to us with a variety of questions about niggling health issues, most of which are unlikely to be cancer but they feel relieved to have chatted with a nurse, who can refer them on for further help if there is cause for concern.

"Others have more general questions and concerns regarding cancer treatments and screening."

The Director of Advocacy said that the society is worried about the impact the pandemic has had on cancer in Ireland.

“The Irish Cancer Society is extremely concerned about the impact of the pandemic on cancer in Ireland.

"We know that some people have put off presenting to their GPs with health concerns that are unexplained, unusual or persistent, so we are delighted to have the opportunity to offer these free health checks across Dublin over the coming weeks.

“We are urging people to avail of these free health checks and discuss any concerns they may have with one of our nurses, because early detection of cancer leads to better treatment options and ultimately saves lives”.

You can avail of a free health check at the following locations.

  • Wednesday 15th-Thursday 16 September - Omni, Santry, beside O’Briens Cafe (Weds 9:30am-6pm, Thurs 9:30am-7pm)
  • Friday 17th-Saturday 18 September - ILAC Centre, beside Boots Ireland (8:30am-8:30pm)
  • Thursday 23 – Friday 24 September – Jervis Shopping Centre, beside Currys PC World (Thurs 9am-9pm, Fri 9am-7pm)

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