An Irish Cancer Society and National Cancer Registry of Ireland study found that 14% of cancers diagnosed in the Republic of Ireland between 2010 and 2015 were emergency presentations, with many presenting at a late stage. The report highlights an inequality gap with those from disadvantaged areas 50% more likely to have their cancer diagnosed in an emergency department.
Three in every four persons presenting with an emergency cancer diagnosis are over the age of 65. The report identified that around one in four lung cancer diagnoses occurred in an ED.
Similar data is seen in Northern Ireland. Click here for more information.