Cancer Society pin-points bowel cancer 'hotspots' around the country

Cork has the highest incidence of bowel cancer followed by Leitrim, Louth, Dublin North and Westmeath.

The Irish Cancer Society has revealed a number of 'Bowel Cancer Hotspots' around the country to launch Bowel Cancer Awareness Month which takes places in April.

The ICS says the high levels of the disease in certain parts of the country could be due to lifestyle or genetic factors and it is encouraging people in these counties to review their lifestyle to see if they can make healthier choices to reduce their risk.

Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in Ireland with around 900 people dying from the disease here each year.

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