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Rate of non-melanoma skin cancer predicted to increase by over 350%

Incidents of cancer overall are expected to double according to figures from the National Cancer Registry.

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THE NUMBER OF incidents of cancer in Ireland are expected to double by 2040, with some individual rates rising over 300 per cent.

The only fall in the figures, published this morning by the National Cancer Registry Ireland (NCRI), is in the rate of leukaemia in males of 57 per cent.

The NCRI predict that the rate of non-melanoma skin cancer will increase by by 235 per cent in females and 356 per cent in males.

This is a group of cancers that slowly develop in the upper layers of the skin, first appearing as a lump or patch on the skin that doesn’t heal.

A notable increase in incidents of lung cancer is also noted, with the rate rising faster in females, by 136 per cent.

The figures take into account population and demographic factors and trends in cancer rates since 1994.

The NCRI stressed that trends in female breast cancer and in prostate cancer “are difficult to predict”, but suggested that screening programmes for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer will have an impact.

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