70,000 living with cancer in NI

Published Thursday, 02 May 2013
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Almost 70,000 people in Northern Ireland are living with cancer, new figures reveal.

70,000 living with cancer in NI
The figures show cancer diagnoses are increasing by around 3% each year. (© Getty)

The number of people living with cancer has risen more than 3% every year since 1993. Researchers say that is down to an aging population, obesity and other lifestyle choices.

The report launched by Queen's University, Belfast and Macmillan Cancer Support, shows although lung cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancer, its poor survival rate means it is only the ninth most prevalent cancer in NI.

More than 6,500 men have been diagnosed with prostate cancer within the last 18 years, while more than 11,000 women have breast cancer.

Dr Anna Gavin, from Queen's NI Cancer Registry, said the report shows that cancer is no longer a death sentence for everyone who is diagnosed.

She explained: "There are many people in Northern Ireland with cancer who live their normal lifespan. Importantly the information in this report will help those working to improve services for those living with cancer."

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death between 2006-2010, with around 887 people dying of the disease each year.

Prostate and oesophageal cancer are on the rise with men, while the number of women with uterine and kidney cancers has seen the most dramatic hike.

However, in 2002 845 women had survived uterine cancer but that rose to 1,391 in 2010.

Around 1,155 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and just over 300 die from the disease. Researchers say breast cancer survival rates are very good, with more than 80% of patients surviving for at least five years.

The number of people living with cancer has risen more than 3% every year since 1993.

Heather Monteverde, general manager of NI Macmillan Cancer Support said: "Cancer remains a major public health issue in Northern Ireland but the cancer story is changing.

"It used to be the case that either people were cured of their cancer or they died, often very quickly.

"With the number of cancer survivors increasing, we now know that many people need more support after treatment to meet their ongoing needs and to live with cancer as a long term illness."

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4 Comments
Vee in Belfast wrote (446 days ago):
Norman D in Bangor - Sorry about your daughter. But, like Breast Cancer Survivor, I still think you are talking CRAP! I was always afraid of losing my father to Cancer as he smoked. My mother did not smoke and died of throat cancer. No-one knows the causes of cancer - because there are so many different causes - only that there is too much of it around, and it is the main killer nowadays, although with medical treatment people are cancer survivors.
norman.d in bangor wrote (446 days ago):
to breast cancer suvivor i lost my daughter to cancer caused by smoking breast cancer is a different cancer to other cancers what we put into our bodies causes different cancers like nuclear bombs causes cancer as does chemicals you should read up on it
Breast Cancer Survivor in Belfast wrote (447 days ago):
norman.d in bangor You are talking CRAP as usual!! My Cancer was caused by my hormones and never being married or having children.
norman.d in bangor wrote (447 days ago):
everything we eat has chemicals in it to give it colour or longer shelf life thats why so many are getting cancer even the crops in the field are sprayed with chemicals even the bee population is dying because of chemicals on plants
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