Descriptive epidemiology

Descriptive epidemiology is concerned with describing and monitoring the distributions of disease (in this case cancer) in the population by characteristics related to time, place and person.

The descriptive epidemiology research theme at the National Cancer Registry encompasses the following areas:

  • describing and interpreting patterns in cancer incidence and mortality in Ireland, including investigation of variations by age, sex, socio-economic status, area of residence and over time;
  • describing and interpreting trends in the survival of cancer patients in Ireland, including investigation of factors associated with survival;
  • comparing trends in cancer incidence, mortality and survival in Ireland with those in other countries/populations.

For a full list of our descriptive epidemiology research projects, please view our Research directory and search by research theme.

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