Press Release

Mr. Brian Lenihan, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children Officially Opens the 2005 Tripartite Colorectal Meeting at the RDS, Dublin

Mr.Brian Lenihan, T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today, 5th July, 2005 officially opened the 2005 Tripartite Meeting of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, The American Society of Colorectal Surgeons and The Australasian Society of Colorectal Surgery which is taking place at the RDS, Dublin between the 5th and the 7th of July.

Tripartite Meetings are held every three years, rotating between the USA, Australasia and the UK/Ireland. Mr. John Hyland, President, Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland and Consultant Surgeon at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin is the first Irish surgeon to host this prestigious event which is aimed at exploring similarities and differences in the management of patients with colorectal diseases throughout the world.

“I want in particular to welcome those who have travelled from overseas, including Australia and America. The programme is impressive, both in the calibre of speakers that the Meeting has attracted and also in the range of issues which will be covered in the coming days” stated the Minister.

After non-melanoma skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the commonest cancer in this country. The annual average number of new cases of colorectal cancer between 1994 and 2001 was 1,821 and incidences of colorectal cancer comprise 10% of all incidences of invasive cancer.

Approximately 7,500 people die from cancer in Ireland each year. The annual average number of deaths from colorectal cancer during the period 1994 to 2001 was 930. After lung cancer, it is the most common cause of cancer deaths, causing 11% of cancer deaths in women and 13% of cancer deaths in men.

Commenting on the significance of the Tripartite Colorectal Meeting being held in Ireland for the first time, Minister Lenihan also stated “ This meeting offers a unique opportunity to hear world leaders in colorectal disease discuss current topics in their sub-specialties, including the latest techniques in laparascopic and keyhole surgery for colorectal disease. It is indeed a great opportunity for Irish delegates to learn the latest technologies and treatments”.