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National Cancer Registry: Cancer is on the rise but more are surviving it




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In the last 20 years cancer survival rates have improved significantly.

The National Cancer Registry’s latest figures show survival rates have risen to 81% from 72% for breast cancer and from 69% to 91% for prostate cancer.

The incidence of cancer in Ireland is on the rise, with more than 30,000 cases in Ireland every year.

Head of the National Cancer Registry Dr Harry Comber said: “Some of the well known factors in getting cancer are being overweight and obese, which has been known for quite some time to be a risk factor for cancer. Also sunlight exposure, which again has been on the increase quite a lot over the last 20 to 30 years, and alcohol consumption, which as everybody knows has also increased.

“So all of these are factors that are well known in every country behind the increase in cancers and this increase in cancer is not peculiar to Ireland.”

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