Cancer rates ‘not significantly high’ in county

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An average of 136 people per year were diagnosed with invasive cancers in County Leitrim in a 19-year-period of each year between 1994 to 2012.

An average of 136 people per year were diagnosed with invasive cancers in County Leitrim in a 19-year-period of each year between 1994 to 2012.

This is according to research carried out by the National Cancer Registry.

The county had an average expectancy number of cases per annum as 139. The report categorised Leitrim’s figures as not ‘significantly high or low’ in terms of the national averages although Leitrim was graded as ‘significantly low’ when it came to the number of cases of lung cancer diagnosis.

The west of the country was described as having “worrying rates” of prostate cancer.

Counties Roscommon, Mayo and Galway were listed as counties with higher than normal risks of the disease, while County Sligo also recorded high numbers for both prostate and kidney cancers.