Breast cancer incidence, mortality, treatment and survival in Ireland 1994-2009

Breast cancer in Ireland: 1994-2009
Publication date: 
November, 2012
Related staff: 
Dr Paul Walsh (former staff)
Dr Harry Comber (former staff)

This report describes incidence, mortality, treatment and survival for breast cancer in Ireland for the period 1994-2009, with international comparisons. It shows that:

  • Breast cancer was, after non-melanoma skin cancer, the commonest cancer diagnosed in women in 2007-2009
  • An annual average of 2,800 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2008 and 2009
  • Breast cancer was the second leading cause of cancer death in women (second only to lung cancer) during the period 2007-2009, and accounted for 16% of female cancer deaths.
  • Ireland had the fourth highest estimated breast cancer incidence and mortality of 27 European countries in 2008
  • Half of the women diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007-2009 were aged between 45 and 64 years
  • Survival for women with breast cancer in Ireland was the fourth lowest of 20 European countries for the period 2000-2002
  • The proportion of women who received chemotherapy increased from 36% during 1996-1998 to 50% during 1999-2008

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