Catherine, a native of Dublin, drove awareness of lung cancer among women in Ireland in her article “Irish Women Face Lung Cancer Crisis which highlighted the fact that women in Ireland have high lung cancer rates when compared to other European countries. It also included information on the importance of early detection and the early signs and symptoms of lung cancer.
The journalist award was open to all print, broadcast and online media who covered the issue of lung cancer during Lung Cancer Awareness Month in January and February 2015.
A judging panel consisting of Irish Cancer Society Communications and Cancer Prevention personnel, alongside a Specialist Lung Cancer Nurse, reviewed all the articles received as part of the competition.
Kevin O’Hagan, Health Promotion Manager at the Irish Cancer Society said: “We are thrilled to offer this award to Catherine who highlighted the topic of lung cancer which despite the very high incidence rates, is generally one of the cancers that we don’t see a lot of in the media. The Society is trying to change this and we gratefully acknowledge the contributions from all areas of the media in helping us generate awareness around lung cancer. We have been encouraged to see these important messages getting out to the public as we know that early detection can save lives.”