National Survey on Cancer Awareness and Attitudes

Improving knowledge of cancer signs and symptoms is important because people who can recognise signs / symptoms, and who seek early medical intervention, are generally more likely to have less advanced disease and better prospects for treatment.  In September 2022, the HSE National Cancer Control Programme published a report titled 'National Survey on Cancer Awareness and Attitudes'.  This research was conducted with a nationally representative sample of 2,874 adults aged 18 and over living in the Republic of Ireland.  The survey showed that the majority of adults are aware that tobacco smoking and unprotected sun exposure can cause cancer.  However, there are lower levels of awareness of the cancer risk associated with alcohol consumption, dietary factors, physical activity, body weight, breastfeeding, infection and medication.  Download a copy of the report at: