Most common cancers in Ireland

The 5 most common cancers in Ireland are (from most to least common):

Cancer type 2016-2018 estimated annual incidence
  1. Skin cancer
10,816
  1. Prostate cancer
3,550
  1. Breast cancer
3,244
  1. Bowel cancer
2,767
  1. Lung cancer
2,561

Most common cancers in men

  1. Non melanoma skin cancer - 6,184 cases.
  2. Prostate cancer - 3,550 cases.
  3. Bowel cancer - 1,631 cases.
  4. Lung cancer - 1,391 cases.
  5. Melanoma Skin - 529 cases.

Most common cancers in women

  1. Non melanoma skin cancer - 4,632 cases.
  2. Breast cancer - 3,215 cases.
  3. Gynae cancers - 1,321 cases.
  4. Lung cancer - 1,170 cases.
  5. Bowel cancer - 1,136 cases.
  6. Melanoma Skin - 581 cases.

Data sourced from the National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI).

Date Last Reviewed: 
Thursday, January 4, 2018