Mr John McCormack was appointed CEO of the Irish Cancer Society in October 2002.
During his stewardship the landscape of cancer in Ireland has changed fundamentally. The Society gave its full support to the implementation of the National Cancer Strategy which has seen the rationalisation of cancer diagnosis and treatment in Centres of Excellence by multi-discplinary teams, leading to a world class cancer service now being available.
Breast and cervical cancer screening has been rolled out and the HPV vaccine is now available, all having been advocated for by the Society. In 2009 the Society took the unusual step of offering 1 million euro to the Government towards the cost of the rollout of Bowel Cancer Screening and this has been successful.
The Society’s 2008-2012 Strategy saw the Society strengthen its advocacy voice and grow its information service with the location of Daffodil Centres in hospitals all over Ireland.
This year the Society adopted a new Strategy Statement 2013 – 2017 entitled Towards a Future Without Cancer with a strong statement of intent around reducing cancer risk, improving the lives of people with cancer, leading excellent collaborative research and informing and influencing public policy.
Mr McCormack is married with three grown up children and lives in Co. Dublin.