Facts and Figures

Ireland

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer death among women in Ireland.
  • Irish women have a 1 in 9 chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime (i.e to age 79).
  • Over 3,000 women were diagnosed annually with breast cancer from 2011 to 2013.
  • Around 700 women die from breast cancer annually.
  • While the incidence of breast cancer is rising, mortality rates are decreasing
  • More than 30,000 women in Ireland are living following a breast cancer diagnosis.
  • Mammographic screening is effective in reducing breast cancer mortality rates omen should participate in breast screening from the age of 50.
  • 26% of all invasive breast cancers in Ireland are diagnosed through screening.
  • The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age: 24% of women diagnosed are under 50, 42% aged 50 to 64, 34% over 65 (2009-2013).
  • 34 men were diagnosed with breast cancer from 2011 to 2013.
  • The incidence of breast cancer in Irish women is higher than the European average, as is the mortality rate*.
  • Mortality has declined by almost 2% per annum from 1994
  • There has been a consistent increase in the proportion of women diagnosed at Stage 1, up from 20% in 1994 to 33% in 2012.
  • Among women from the most socioeconomically deprived 20% of the population, incidence is lower but survival is also lower.
  • Women from the most deprived group are less likely to be diagnosed at Stage 1 and more likely to be diagnosed at Stage 4.

* While Ireland has had excellent cancer registration since 1994 many countries have very limited or incomplete cancer registration, so cross country statistics should be treated with caution.

And elsewhere

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. In 2012, 1.7 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer. Since 2008 incidence has increased by more than 20%, while mortality has increased by 14%.
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in European women with an estimated incidence of 494,100 in 2012. Incidence in the EU-28 in 2012 was estimated to be 361,600.
  • Breast cancer claims the lives of more European women than any other cancer – an estimated 142,980 in 2012 and 91,585 in EU-28.

Sources

Breast cancer incidence, mortality, treatment and survival in Ireland: 1994-2009. National Cancer Registry, Cork, Ireland (2013) www.ncri.ie

Walsh PM, McDevitt J, Deady S, O’Brien K & Comber H (2016) Cancer inequalities in Ireland by deprivation, urban/rural status and age: a report by the National Cancer Registry. National Cancer Registry, Cork, Ireland www.ncri.ie

Cancer in Ireland 1994-2013: Annual Report of the National Cancer Registry. National Cancer Registry, Cork, Ireland (2015) www.ncri.ie

EUROPA DONNA - The European Breast Cancer Coalition website www.europadonna.org