Cancer in Ireland 1994 to 1998

Cancer in Ireland 1994 to 1998
Publication date: 
November, 2001

This is the fifth report on cancer in Ireland from the National Cancer Registry. It describes new cancer cases and cancer deaths in Ireland from 1994 to 1998. During the five years covered by this report, almost 20,000 new cases of cancer and 7,500 cancer deaths occurred every year. The commonest cancers were those of skin, large bowel, lung, breast (in women) and prostate (in men). Overall, men and women had similar risks of developing cancer, although men were more likely to die from it. Older people were much more likely to develop cancer, with the risk doubling in every successive decade of life. Most patients (60%) were aged over 65 at the time of diagnosis and the majority (72%) of cancer deaths also occurred in those over 65.

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