Most common cancers in Ireland

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

Cancer type 2015-2017 estimated annual incidence
  1. Skin cancer
10,857
  1. Prostate cancer
3,474
  1. Breast cancer
3,168
  1. Bowel cancer
2,775
  1. Lung cancer
2,566

Most common cancers in men

  1. Non melanoma skin cancer - 6,113 cases.
  2. Prostate cancer - 3,474 cases.
  3. Bowel cancer - 1,644 cases.
  4. Lung cancer - 1,409 cases.
  5. Melanoma Skin - 530 cases.

Most common cancers in women

  1. Non melanoma skin cancer - 4,744 cases.
  2. Breast cancer - 3,141 cases.
  3. Gynae cancers - 1,290 cases.
  4. Lung cancer - 1,157 cases.
  5. Bowel cancer - 1,131 cases.
  6. Melanoma Skin - 562 cases.

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

Date Last Reviewed: 
Thursday, January 4, 2018