MALE lung cancer has proven to be more common in Kildare than any other county in the country bar Dublin, according to a new report. It showed the Lilywhite county recorded the second highest average number of male lung cancer cases from 2004 to 2008 and the third highest for women.
The report - “Lung Cancer Incidence, Mortality, Treatment and Survival in the Republic of Ireland: 1994-2008”, was released last week. It found that incidence rates for men in Kildare were 72.2 (per 100,000 people). Dublin, Kildare, Carlow and West Meath stood out as being significantly higher than the average incidence rate for Ireland as a whole, which was 59 (per 100,000 people) for men.
For females, the rate for the entire country was 35 (per 100,000 people). The incidence rates were significantly higher than the national average rate for Louth (59.1), Dublin (44.0), and Kildare (42.5).
The National Cancer Registry has in the past indicated that increased population density, access to screening and other social and economic factors can dictate the number of cancer cases detected.
The National Cancer Registry also found that an average annual 574 cancer cases were diagnosed in Kildare from 2004 to 2008. Neighbouring counties of Wicklow (518) and Meath (538) were of a similar rate while Laois (266) and Carlow (194) proved far lower. Breast cancer recorded an annual average of 84 cases per year in Kildare compared to bowel cancer (60), lung (69), and prostate (80).