Written answers

Thursday, 31 March 2022

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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414. To ask the Minister for Health the extent to which the number of incidents of the various forms of cancer has been identified throughout the country, with particular reference to identifying the areas of greater or lesser incidence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17269/22]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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The National Cancer Registry Ireland (NCRI) is charged with collecting and classifying information on all cancer cases that occur in Ireland. NCRI data is used widely in the development of cancer services, service planning and in monitoring progress being made under the National Cancer Strategy. While the NCRI produces reports on the incidence of cancer by HSE region, this operates a number of years in arrears as diagnoses need to be validated to assure completeness and accuracy.

The NCRI has currently published information on incidence rates for invasive cancers (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) as a whole, and for 25 major cancer types, for 1994-2017 at county scale. This data is provided on the NCRI website via maps for each county and cancer type, which provide the average numbers of cases diagnosed annually, and express this visually as a comparison between the number of cases observed and the number of cases that would be expected (based on average national rates) given the size and age/sex breakdown of the population in each county.

For invasive cancers as a whole (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) in the 2006-2017 period, the annual average number of cases observed was highest in Co. Dublin, while Co. Cork was highest against the Standardised Incidence Ratio.

The data on cancer incidence rates can be found on the NCRI's website at the following link: www.ncri.ie/data/maps and the breakdown of the total number of cases for each county from 2013-2017 is as follows:

Region Cases 2013-2017
Co Dublin 29,573
Co Cork 13,463
Co Galway 5,969
Co Limerick 4,714
Co Kildare 4,182
Co Tipperary 4,107
Co Kerry 3,938
Co Donegal 3,930
Co Mayo 3,802
Co Meath 3,717
Co Wexford 3,592
Co Wicklow 3,368
Co Waterford 2,972
Co Louth 2,934
Co Clare 2,819
Co Kilkenny 2,072
Co Westmeath 2,067
Co Sligo 1,791
Co Offaly 1,745
Co Cavan 1,723
Co Roscommon 1,699
Co Laois 1,639
Co Monaghan 1,334
Co Carlow 1,329
Co Longford 970
Co Leitrim 901
TOTAL 110,350


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