Cancer statistics


Data from Irish Cancer society and sourced from the Central Statistics Office, Ireland.

Cancer incidence

Every 3 minutes in Ireland someone gets a cancer diagnosis.

Incidence of cancer is growing with prediction that in the short term 1 in 2 of us will get a cancer diagnosis in our lifetime.

ยท         In Ireland an average of 40,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year.

Most common cancers

The most common cancers diagnosed in Ireland are:

1.     Skin cancer

2.     Prostate cancer

3.     Breast cancer

4.     Bowel cancer

5.     Lung cancer

Cancer survival

There are more than 150,000 people living with and beyond cancer today in Ireland. But survival rates for individual cancers vary hugely. 

Cancer prevention

We now know that 4 out of 10 cancers can be prevented. By not smoking, by eating healthily, by watching our weight and alcohol intake and by exercising we are taking a big step in lowering our risk of cancer.