More than 60 percent of women in Ireland have had a breast cancer diagnosis in the past 10 years, with more than half of these being diagnosed in the first year after diagnosis.
The statistics come from the Irish Association for the Advancement of Breast Cancer and Breast and Cervical Cancer Care (IBCACC), the National Breast and Colorectal Cancer Association (NCBCACC) and the National Centre for the Study of Breast and Cancer (NCSC).
The study revealed that Ireland has the second highest incidence of breast cancer in the world with 795 new cases recorded in 2017.
“Breast cancer is not new to Ireland.
However, our rate of diagnosis has increased significantly in recent years, and we are on track to exceed our previous estimate of 875 cases by 2020,” said NCBCACC director Dr. A.C. Dickson.
Women with the highest risk of breast cancers in Ireland are:Women over the age of 60 who have had at least one previous diagnosis of breast or colorectial cancer.
Women who have a first breast or a colorecctal diagnosis in adulthood.
Men who have never had a previous diagnosis, including those who have breast cancer.
People who are currently breastfeeding.
People with type 1 diabetes, a condition that can lead to a build-up of antibodies to breast cancer cells.
Women with a family history of breast, coloreckial or ovarian cancer, and the risk of developing it.
Dr Dickson added that Ireland’s high rates of breast and colorecectal cancer were not due to poor breast health.
“We are a nation of healthful eating and active lifestyles, and that has a significant impact on the health of our women and their families,” he said.
According to NCBCAC, Ireland has an average breast cancer survival rate of less than 10 percent.