Cancer is the number one cause of death in Offaly

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

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Cancer is the biggest killer in Offaly

Cancer was the number one cause of death in Offaly during the first three months of 2017

Cancer was the number one cause of death in Offaly during the first three months of 2017 accounting for 32% of all deaths.

According to figures released today by the Central Statistics Office, a total of 125 people died in the county between January and March of this year. Of that number 40 died as a result of malignant neoplasms (cancerous tumours).

Diseases of the circulatory system such as coronary artery disease and stroke took the lives of 33 people in Offaly while 13 passed away due to diseases of the respiratory system.

Three people died from external causes with 36 people were accounted for as dying from 'all other causes'.

Nationally diseases of the circulatory system accounted for 2,643 deaths while there were 2,557 deaths from malignant neoplasms. Lung Diseases caused the deaths of 573 people.