THE incidence of cancer in Ireland is expected to double by 2040, new report from the National Cancer Registry revealed today.
It said that that all forms of cancer will see a rise up to 2040, with the exception of leukaemia in men.
The most rapidly increasing cancers are expected to be those of the skin - both melanoma and non-melanoma - in both men and women.
“Lung cancer incidence is rising more rapidly in females than in males and by 2040 the rate is projected to increase by 136pc in females and 52pc in males.
“Cancers of the colon and rectum are projected to increase largely in line with demographic change, by 120pc - 130pc between 2010 and 2014.
“Future trends in female breast cancer and in prostate cancer are difficult to project.”
Director Dr Harry Comber said: ”These projections take into account changes in demography, such as population size and age distribution, as well as trends in cancer incidence since 1994.
“Although demographic change will be the main factor driving an increase in cancer numbers, trends in risk factor prevalence and the expansion of population-based screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer will also have an impact.”
He pointed out that projections of the number of cancer cases are valuable in setting priorities for prevention and in anticipating the demand for cancer services.