Facts about lung cancer in Ireland

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting both men and women in Ireland.

  • About 2,500 Irish people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year.

  • In recent years cases of lung cancer have been declining among men but the disease is increasing among women.

  • The majority of people who get lung cancer are over the age of 50.

  • More than eight out of every ten lung cancer cases are due to smoking.

  • About one in ten people who get lung cancer have never smoked - exposure to certain substances such as radon gas and asbestos increase lung cancer risk.

  • More people die from lung cancer in Ireland than any other type of cancer.

  • Lung cancer in Irish women is increasing each year because of smoking. For more information, see our report Women and Smoking: Time to Face the Crisis.

For more information on lung cancer, download our leaflet Lung Cancer: What You Should Know or visit our dedicated lung cancer information section.

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Date Last Reviewed: 
Tuesday, December 11, 2018