About Us

Action Cancer is Northern Ireland’s leading, local cancer charity. We provide prevention, detection and support services to people throughout Northern Ireland.


Health Checks

Health Improvement Services

Skin Cancer Detection

Digital Breast Screening

Support & Therapeutic Services

Our Story

Established in 1973 by Dr George Edelstyn, 2023 marks the charity’s 50th year.

In Northern Ireland someone receives a cancer diagnosis every hour of every day and one in two of us will receive a cancer diagnosis in our lifetime. While cancer rates are on the increase, early detection and improved treatments mean that survival rates are improving. Our services have never been needed more. 

We deliver our services from Action Cancer House, Belfast, in local communities and workplaces and onboard our mobile unit, the Big Bus, which travels to 200 locations throughout Northern Ireland annually. As well as operating out of Action Cancer House, we provide therapeutic services every week in 13 regional locations and we deliver our health promotion programmes to schools, community groups and workplaces all across Northern Ireland. 

Our Mission

Our mission today is to save lives and support local people through cancer awareness, prevention, detection and support.

Our Vision

A future where cancer risk is reduced, cancers are detected early, successfully treated and people impacted are supported and empowered

local people engage in our local services every year

Big Bus visits throughout Northern Ireland every year

women screened for breast cancer every year

What we do

To help save lives and support people across NI

Our Services

Whether you are looking to get healthy, want access to cancer screening services, or need support because you or a loved one has had a cancer diagnosis, we have a range of services for you. 

Big Bus

The Big Bus is Action Cancer’s bespoke mobile unit. Our first Big Bus served the NI public from 2006 – 2020 and our new vehicle, principally funded by Walk the Walk, was launched in 2021. 


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