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Latest report from the National Cancer Registry shows that cancer rates may have plateaued

15 December 2016

Latest report from the National Cancer Registry shows that cancer rates may have plateaued

The latest annual report from the National Cancer Registry, Ireland’s premier source of cancer information, suggests that, although the total number of cancers continues to rise, mainly due to the ageing of our growing population, there is some positive news.  The report shows that for men, the chances of developing cancer, which had been rising steadily since 1994, may have plateaued.  Rates of the top three cancers in men (prostate, colorectal and lung), having adjusted for age, are now declining or static. For women too, the rate of the most common of the more serious cancers, breast cancer, has decreased since 2008, after a long period of increase from 1994.  Survival from cancer continues to improve and five-year net survival for all cancers (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) increased from 44% during 1994-1998 to 51% 1999-2003, 57% 2004-2008 and 61% 2009-2013.

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