Written Answers. - Cancer Deaths.

Thursday, 22 March 1990

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 397 No. 4

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  72.  Mr. Cosgrave  Information on Michael Joe Cosgrave  Zoom on Michael Joe Cosgrave   asked the Minister for Health,  Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon   arising out of a recent report which showed a high percentage of cancer deaths in the Dún Laoghaire area of County Dublin and the east coast, the investigations which have been undertaken by his Department to pinpoint particular causes for the evidence emerging in the recent report; if he will have the matter fully investigated; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Health (Dr. O'Hanlon): Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The mortality figures to which the Deputy refers did not take appropriate account of the age structure of the counties or county boroughs nor the age structure of the national population. The relatively high rates indicated for the areas referred to by the Deputy primarily reflect the age structure of the population rather than an increased risk of cancer mortality. Accordingly, no special investigation is warranted.


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