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Thursday 20 September 2018

Lung cancer coverage nets Margaret award

Aoife McNamara, Information Development Manager with the Irish Cancer Society with journalist Margaret Hawkins
Aoife McNamara, Information Development Manager with the Irish Cancer Society with journalist Margaret Hawkins

Esther Hayden

Broadway based journalist Margaret Hawkins has scooped an award from the Irish Cancer Society.

Margaret Hawkins received the Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC) journalist award for her coverage of lung cancer during the Society's annual Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

The award was open to all print, broadcast and online media who promoted lung cancer awareness and support during January 2018.

Margaret's article in the Irish Farmers Journal discussed the lack of awareness of lung cancer symptoms and how the disease is often only diagnosed at a late stage via emergency department presentation. She also highlighted that nine out of ten cases are linked to smoking and that although there has been much progress in this area, there is still a long way to go.

An interview with Kevin O'Hagan, Cancer Prevention Manager, at the Irish Cancer Society concluded the article, which also touched on Margaret's personal experience of the disease that killed her father in law.

Margaret has been the health columnist with Irish Country Living, the rural affairs supplement of the Irish Farmers' Journal, since 2003.

She also writes the It Takes A Village series for the Irish Farmers Journal.

Margaret has also written a number of books and had some of her short stories published. Her radio essays have also been broadcast on RTE 1's Sunday Miscellany and published in two of its anthologies.

The Irish Cancer Society is a member of the GLCC which provide grants to the value of £500 to member organisations for media outreach on the subject of lung cancer. A judging panel consisting of Irish Cancer Society Communications and Cancer Prevention personnel, as well as a Specialist Lung Cancer Nurse, reviewed all media coverage as part of the competition.

Aoife McNamara, Information Development Manager with the Irish Cancer Society said: 'We are delighted to award this prize to Margaret, who highlighted the topic of lung cancer, the importance of early detection and not smoking. We are encouraged to see these important messages getting out helping to create awareness and ultimately save lives.'

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