How common is breast cancer in Ireland?
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Ireland, after skin cancer.
Better treatments mean that more and more people are now living long and full lives after breast cancer. However, the number of cases is rising.
- Every year, around 2,600 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 660 women die from the disease.
- 1 in 10 women in Ireland will get breast cancer at some stage in their lives.
- It is most common in women over the age of 50, but you can get it at a younger age.
- Men can also get breast cancer but it is very rare.
What causes breast cancer?
What affects my risk of getting breast cancer?
A strong family history of breast cancer
- Breast cancer and/or ovarian cancer in several close members of the same family
- Breast cancer in a close relative when under the age of 50.
For more information, see our Cancer and genes factsheet.