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Cancer cases could double by 2045, unless changes are made, Irish Cancer Society warns

Cancer cases can double by 2045, unless changes are made, according to the Irish Cancer Society.

They stated that immediate action was needed to make this projection a reality and that the numbers were a “wake-up signal”.

The society reacted to new figures set out in the Annual Report of the National Cancer Registry.

The Director General of the Irish Cancer Society, Averil Power, said the numbers should immediately trigger a reaction.

She said: “Although these predictions are harsh, they should not become reality.

“By improving our lifestyle and using free screening, each of us can significantly reduce the risk of cancer.

(L to R) Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, eight-year-old Luke O'Nell Donnell from Rathgar, both wearing Walking All Over Cancer socks and chief executive officer of the Irish Oncology Society Averil Power in government buildings, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin on Daffodil Day 2018

“Four out of ten types of cancer can be prevented. We can all reduce the risk of cancer by eating healthy, exercising and limiting alcohol consumption.

“Smokers may refuse to support services such as the“ We Can Quit ”program of the Irish Cancer Society. The HPV vaccine also provides us with an incredible opportunity to virtually eliminate cervical cancer.

“The government should ensure that the recommendations for cancer prevention in the National Cancer Development Strategy are fully implemented. This will allow people to make healthy choices, as well as increase early detection and improve results.

“Addressing health inequalities is also a priority for the Irish Cancer Society. Disadvantaged groups are still more likely to get and die from cancer than more privileged groups. We will not tolerate this. We will continue to call for better access to cancer testing for all, increased screening coverage and no barriers to seeing doctors.

“Together, these actions can save thousands of lives in the years to come.”

ICS raised concerns about our lack of knowledge about lung cancer earlier this week.

The shocking figures showed that three out of five people did not know that this is the biggest cancer killer in Ireland, and only 9% called it the biggest killer among women.

A study from the Marie Keating Foundation found that about 2,600 people are diagnosed with lung cancer each year.

Liz Yates of the Foundation said: “The study showed a lack of understanding of the symptoms of the disease and a shocking attitude, which some relate to lung cancer.

"We hope that we can challenge this relationship."

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