Cancer cases can double by 2045 unless there are changes, the Irish Cancer Society has warned.
They say that immediate action must be taken to stop this projection from becoming a reality and that the numbers are & # 39; wake up calls & # 39 ;.
Communities respond to the new figures set out in the Annual Report of the National Cancer Registry.
The CEO of the Irish Cancer Society, Averil Power, said that the numbers must immediately trigger a reaction.
He said: "Although these projections are cruel, they need not be true.
"By improving lifestyle and utilizing free examinations, each of us can dramatically reduce the risk of getting cancer.
"Four out of ten cancers can be prevented. We can all reduce the risk of getting cancer by eating healthy, exercising and limiting our alcohol intake.
"Smokers can stop with service support such as the program" We Can Quit & # 39; from the Irish Cancer Society. The HPV vaccine also gives us a tremendous opportunity to virtually eliminate cervical cancer.
"The government must ensure that cancer prevention recommendations in the National Cancer Strategy are fully implemented. This will empower people to make healthy choices, while also increasing early detection and improving outcomes.
"Addressing health inequality is also a priority for the Irish Cancer Society. Disadvantaged groups are still more likely to get, and die, from cancer than groups that are more special. We will not stand it. We will continue to call for better access to cancer tests for all, increased absorption of screening programs and no obstacles to seeing doctors.
"Together, these actions can save thousands of lives in the coming years."
Earlier this week, ICS expressed their concern about our lack of knowledge about lung cancer.
A surprising number revealed that three out of five people did not know that this was the biggest cancer killer in Ireland and only 9% identified as the biggest killer among women.
Research from the Marie Keating Foundation shows that around 2,600 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year.
The Liz Yeates Foundation said: "Research shows a lack of awareness of the symptoms of the disease and the shocking attitude some people have associated with lung cancer.
"We hope we can challenge this attitude."
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