Monday 23 October 2017

Ireland warned of cancer epidemic

Charity: Eamon Duffy, James and Johnny Ronan, former An Post Ras winner Philip Cassidy, ex-pro cyclist Alan McCormack and brother Paul take a break from Race the Ras.
Charity: Eamon Duffy, James and Johnny Ronan, former An Post Ras winner Philip Cassidy, ex-pro cyclist Alan McCormack and brother Paul take a break from Race the Ras.
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

A top professor has warned that Ireland is facing a cancer epidemic, with the number of cases doubling by 2040.

Dr Michael Kerin, professor of surgery at NUI Galway and head of the Lambe Institute for Translational Research, said the health service needed to be prepared to tackle growing cancer rates and ensure it had the facilities and funding to spearhead the war on the disease.

This weekend over 100 cyclists took part in Race the Ras 2017 - a charity event set up alongside An Post Ras - to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research charity based at University Hospital College Galway. The event has raised over €350,000 since it was first staged in 2011.

Property developer Johnny Ronan and his son James were among those who took part in the week-long event.

The course took in over 1,100km of Irish scenery including the Wild Atlantic Way coastline, with riders averaging 145km a day.

Organisers are expecting up to 10,000 people in Ardee to watch the An Post race finish today.

Sunday Independent

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