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Skin cancer cases on the rise despite repeated warnings on dangers to sun worshippers

Published 16/09/2015 | 02:30

Skin cancer is still on the increase in Ireland
Skin cancer is still on the increase in Ireland

Skin cancer is still on the increase in Ireland - despite repeated warnings on the dangers to sun worshippers.

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And latest figures also show a growth in a range of other cancers, including breast cancer and lymphoma.

Women are also at increased risk of dying from bladder cancer, because they tend to dismiss symptoms, such as a simple urinary tract infection.

Experts warn they should be particularly alert to symptoms which include pain when urinating.

Urinary infections are more common among women than men, but many women tend to "self-medicate" and delay seeking professional advice.

One of the reasons is they are "less shocked" than their male counterparts when they notice blood in their urine.

Preliminary data from the National Cancer Registry, released to the Irish Independent, show an increase in the number of diagnoses across a range of cancers.

Breast cancer cases increased from 2,896 in 2012, to 2,984 in 2013.

Rates of lymphoma, cancer of the lymph nodes, increased from 851 to 902 in the same period. Melanoma skin cancer cases jumped from 864 up to 991.

On the basis of gender, 473 women were diagnosed in 2012, compared with 511 one year later.

A total of 391 men contracted the disease in 2012, which jumped to 480 in 2013.

There was a marginal increase in pancreatic cancer cases, from 481 to 489.

However, lung cancer cases reduced over the same period, from 2,341 to 2,310.

Leukaemia diagnoses fell from 508 to 376.

Dr Robert O'Connor, head of research at the Irish Cancer Society, said there are still huge challenges in the ongoing fight against the disease.

A spokesperson for the National Cancer Registry stressed the figures for 2013 are preliminary and likely to have changed by the time they publish more definitive data later this year.

Irish Independent

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