Colorectal cancers predicted to rise by 45% by 2020

Colorectal cancers predicted to rise by 45% by 2020

The Irish are catching up with the world champions of bowel cancer – Kiwis.

The report, published April 8, 2013 by the National Cancer Registry, says:

  • Colorectal cancer is predicted to increase by 34% in women by 2020
  • Colorectal cancer is predicted to increase by 45% in men by 2020
  • It is the third leading cause of cancer death in women
  • It is the second leading cause of cancer death in men
  • The World Health Organisation states that 97% of bowel cancers are non-genetic and based on diet, lifestyle and environmental factors
  • At most, 10% of colorectal cancers are hereditary
  • Smoking increases the risk of colon cancer
  • Alcohol, being overweight, not taking exercise and eating a lot of meat increases the risk of both colon and rectal cancer
  • In 2008, the highest European incidence of the disease for men was in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia
  • The lowest incidence, for both sexes, was in Cyprus and Greece

The study “Colorectal Cancer Incidence, Mortality, Treatment and Survival in Ireland: 1994 – 2010” was published April 8, 2013 by the National Cancer Registry.  As reported by The Irish Times on April 8, 2013.

Posted: Monday 22 April 2013

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