Report published on NI cancer


The incidence of cancers of the colon, rectum and kidney in Northern Ireland is higher than in Britain and the Republic, according to a research study from Queen's University Belfast.

This first report on the incidence of cancer in Northern Ireland says that about one person in three will get cancer in the North, and one in four deaths will result from the disease. Men are more likely to die from cancer than women, the study finds.

The 140-page document, Cancer Incidence in Northern Ireland, 1993-1995, says men have a one-in-six chance of dying from cancer before the age of 75 while women have a one-in-eight chance of dying before the same age. Women, however, tend to suffer from the disease at an earlier age. More than 11 per cent of women who develop cancer are under 44.

Lung, prostate and colo-rectal cancers are the most common in men, while breast, colo-rectal and lung cancers are the most common in women (after non-melanoma skin cancers).

The report was produced by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Queen's University.