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.