This Thursday: National Haemochromatosis Awareness Day

A campaign to reduce the numbers of people suffering unnecessarily from Haemochromatosis was launched recently by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D., at Farmleigh House, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

Other famous faces who have rowed in behind this year’s campaign, were Niall O’Toole, world rowing champion who has the genetic disorder and Jack McCaffrey, Dublin GAA star. While Jack doesn’t have the condition, as a final year medical student he knows all too well about Haemochromatosis and is delighted to help raise awareness.

Known as the ‘Celtic Mutation’, Ireland has the highest levels of the condition in the world.

Minister Harris said: Haemochromatosis is the most common hereditary disease in this country, yet it can be treated very effectively.  This campaign will help raise awareness of haemochromatosis among primary care practitioners and the general public, encouraging vital early detection as well as effective management and treatment."

The National Awareness Day is Thursday 1 June and there will be information stands in a number of shopping centres and hospitals throughout the country. The full list of venues can be viewed on www.haemochromatosis-ir.com

If you have any concerns about the condition please call the Irish Haemochromatosis Association support group on 01-8735911.