Cancer Cases Continue To Rise

A new report from the National Cancer Registry shows the number of new diagnoses of the disease continues to increase. The report says most of the increase is due to Ireland’s aging population.

Between 1994 and 2005 the overall increase was just under 3% per year, but cancer deaths have remained more or less the same since 1994 and the risk of dying from the disease is dropping by 1.5% per year. In particular, the registry has expressed concern at the upward trend in lung cancer in women due to smoking and is also worried about an increase in cancers caused by obesity.

The study shows cancer risk is spread quite evenly across the country.