Irish men have more risk of cancer and dying from it than women. According to some new statistics from the National Cancer Registry Ireland (NCRI), Irish men are at particular risk of death from cancer.
The NCRI has recently published its annual report. The report estimated that the number of invasive cancers has risen to approximately 23,890 cases per annum. This excludes non-melanoma skin cancer.
On the other hand, the number of annual cases of all invasive cancers has increased to almost 35,441 cases.
According to the National Cancer Registry, currently, over 9,000 deaths occur from cancer per annum.
On average, about 11,120 females and almost 12,794 males receive the diagnosis of invasive cancer per annum.
Cancer and mortality rates in Irish men as compared to women
In males, the age-adjusted risk of cancer development was 22% higher than in females. This figure, however, excluded non-melanoma skin cancer. The risk was also higher for other types of cancers in males.
The Irish Cancer Society expressed concern about the recent statistics. The society pointed out the indications of the rate of mortality from cancer. It showed that the risk of death due to cancer in males was 32% higher than in females.
Survival rates of men having the diagnosis of prostate and testicular cancers are high. However, the statistics show that men suffer more than females when they have the diagnosis of common cancers. These may include skin, lung and intestinal cancers that both men and women suffer from.
Donal Buggy is the head of services at the Irish Cancer Society. He commented that we need to take collective action for this issue. Male health requires a renewed focus and funds by the State to initiate prevention programs.
He added that we need to conduct researches on the barriers that restrict men from adopting healthy behaviors. Moreover, we should assess the screening and health care programs.
If we exclude non-melanoma skin cancers, we find that prostate and breast cancers were the most commonly diagnosed invasive cancers. Each of them covers one-third of all invasive cancers in males and females, respectively.
In males, bowel, lung, melanoma skin cancer and the Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma were the most common cancers.
Among females, lung, bowel, melanoma skin and uterine cancers comprise the rank of most common cancers.
Survival rates and improvements in cancer
According to the report of NCRI, the rates of survival from cancer have been stabilized and declined in recent years.
However, researchers estimate that population growth and aging may result in a substantial increase in the number of cases. Most probably, the incidence may double by 2045.
In Irish people, survival rates are continuously improving. At the end of 2017, approximately 180,000 lived after their diagnosis of invasive cancer (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). This is equivalent to 3.8% of the total Irish population. The number may increase up to 200,000 individuals by 2020.
The NCRI commented in its report that the survival rate improvements are largely due to improvements in treatments. However, the improvements in the screening techniques for making an early diagnosis of cancer are also of great importance.