Saturday 19 January 2019

Skin cancer in men soars by 21pc in just five-year period

Dr Bernadette Carr
Dr Bernadette Carr

Skin cancer cases in men are rising dramatically, spiralling 21pc over the past five years.

Figures compiled by VHI Healthcare show that skin cancer is one of the most common cancers found in men, and last year nearly 3,900 of its male customers were treated for the condition, at a cost of €8.7m.

This was an increase from the previous year's figures when 3,200 men were treated at a cost of 7.5m. Overall, VHI said that 11,900 male customers were treated for cancer at a cost of €101m last year.

"Despite increasing prevalence of cancer in Ireland, survival rates are continuing to improve," said Medical Director Dr Bernadette Carr.

"This is due primarily to huge improvements in treatments and therapies," she said.


Increased awareness including earlier detection and access to appropriate screening services also contribute to more successful outcomes, according to Dr Carr.

The VHI statistics show 2,000 male customers were treated for prostate cancer last year at a cost of almost €21m.

Dublin saw the most men treated for prostate cancer with 560 VHI customers.

The figures were released to mark the insurer's sponsorship of Blue September, a nationwide awareness and fundraising campaign.

An online game "Keepy Uppy" has been developed, and all proceeds will go towards fundraising for improved diagnostics; as well as treatment and care for men with cancer.

Log onto: www.blueseptember.ie to play and donate €4.


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