National cancer study shows levels in Donegal were below the national average

 

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Cancer levels in Donegal have been identified as "significantly low" over a 19 year period between 1994 and 2012.

Figures published by the National Cancer Registry show an average annual reported rate of 580 cases a year, against an expected rate of 607 compared to the national average.

A recent study by the National Cancer Registry - which tracked cancer rates during that time - has found higher numbers of men in western counties with the disease than in other parts of the country.

The map also reveals that lung cancer was significantly higher in Louth, Carlow, Kildare and Dublin.

In both those instances, Donegal's figures are deemed to be average.

Donal Buggy is Head of Services with the Irish Cancer Society. He says people can further reduce the risk...