On World Cancer Day, the Institute of Public Health in Ireland is highlighting some key facts on the relationship between cancer and health inequalities.
World Cancer Day takes places today – February 4th – and is an initiative that unites the world in the fight against cancer. The event aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer
Health inequalities influence the risk of developing cancer, survival rates and treatment. Some of the key facts relating to cancer on the island of Ireland include:
- 22,321 - the number of new cases of cancer each year in Ireland. Source: NCRI Factsheet May 2018
- People from the most deprived areas are 40% more likely to die from cancer than those from the least deprived areas. Source: NCRI Cancer Inequalities Report 2016
- Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Ireland. Smoking causes nearly 9 in every 10 lung cancers. Source: ICS 2016 Report
- 900 people are diagnosed with alcohol-related cancers and around 500 people die from these diseases every year in Ireland
SOURCE: NCCP Report
- Over half of alcohol related cancers in Ireland are preventable by adhering to low-risk weekly consumption guidelines. Source: NCCP
- In Northern Ireland, the number of cancer cases is 10% higher in the most deprived areas compared to the average. Source: NICR 2018
- Every year around 2,200 deaths in Northern Ireland are attributable to smoking. 37% of these deaths are related to lung cancer. Source: IPH Report Smoke Free Spaces NI
- Head & neck, lung, oesophagus, stomach, male-colorectal and cervix cancers are higher in Northern Ireland’s most deprived areas. Source: NICR 2018
- Melanoma and breast cancers are higher in Northern Ireland’s least deprived areas. Source: NICR 2018
The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) aims to improve the health of people and communities across the island. We aim to reduce health inequalities, including those which influence the risk of developing cancer.