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The OrganisationAction Cancer was founded in 1973 by George Edelstyn and is Northern Irelands leading local, cancer charity. Their mission is saving lives and supporting people – this is done through cancer awareness, prevention, detection, and support.  Action Cancer specialises in breast cancer.What They DoAction Cancer provide services like…free mammograms M.O.T. health checks peer mentoring research into cancer health promotion programmestherapeutic services  such as counselling, coaching, and support groups complementary therapies and pain relief interventions information and advice on cancer, health, and general wellbeing education and prevention programmes campaigning and lobbying on cancer-related issues to develop legislation and policy in Northern Ireland  Action Cancer helps save and support 50,000 people across Northern Ireland every year through the delivery of these servicesMy Role There are 82 members of staff and 400 volunteers employed at Action Cancer. There are three broad sectors in the organisation:Fundraising and CommunicationsCorporateProfessional servicesI was in the professional services sector, more specifically, research and evaluation, working as a research and evaluation officer.Why My Role Is ImportantAction Cancer need to raise £3.5 million per year to continue to deliver their services. They receive no government funding and rely on public donations. For this reason, it is important for them to effectively manage their resources. This means continuously assessing and revising their programmes and services so donations are used as wisely as possible.My role as a research and evaluation officer involved evaluating the Why Weight? lifestyle change programme and writing up a scientific report to illustrate whether it was making a difference. My report will establish whether its a worthwhile service.My duties and Responsibilities Included Data audit/ quality assurance checksData InputtingData analysisLiterature reviewingReport writingProject breakdown           According to government           statistics, breast cancer is the           most common type of cancer in           women in Northern Ireland. Roughly 1,200 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in NI each year (nidirect, 2015). Many lifestyle factors, such as diet and physical activity, have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer (Mehra, Berkowits, Sanft, 2017). The Why Weight? lifestyle change programme aimed to improve sustained healthy lifestyles, reducing weight, and increasing physical activity to help reduce the risk of breast cancer. Key FindingsThe number of sugary treats consumed halved The amount of physical activity significantly increased by the end of the programme.Participants lost an average of 3.9 KGs by the end of the intervention.Take Home Message I got to see psychological theory being used to benefit peoples everyday lives.Got the opportunity to be responsible for the completion of a project and practice my transferable skillsGot an insight into the world of work and different career options available to meReferencesMehra, K., Berkowitz, A., and Sanft, T. (2017). Diet, Physical Activity, and Body Weight in Cancer Survivorship. Medical Clinics of North America, 101(6), pp.1151-1165. nidirect. (2017). Breast cancer | nidirect. online Available at: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/breast-cancer Accessed 8 Dec. 2017.

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