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Ireland has EU’s highest rate of prostate cancer


Ireland has the highest rate of prostate cancer in the EU with cases surging by almost 220 per cent in the last 25 years, according to a new report on men’s health published on Thursday.

Two research documents – Men’s Health in Numbers – produced by Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) contain the results of a year-long research project into virtually every facet of male health from causes of death and illness, to lifestyles and socioeconomic conditions.

Cancer is an obvious headline, but the report shows that in relation to prostate cancer in particular cases in the Republic rose from 1,097 in 1994 to 3,503 this year. In the same period in Northern Ireland, cases jumped from 485 to 1,265.

Although the mortality rate is decreasing and the survival rate increasing in both populations, most likely due to improvements in diagnosis and treatment, the number of cases is expected to continue rising over the next 20 years.

In the Republic, the average age at diagnosis fell from 74 in the mid-90s to 67 years between 2012 and 2014. The proportion of men aged under 55 years at time of diagnosis has quadrupled.

With the exception of non-melanoma skin cancer, the incidence rate for all invasive cancers on the island is higher for men than women. After skin and prostate, the most common forms are colorectal and lung cancers.


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