Smoking warnings appear to have cut cancer diagnosis rate

Repeated warnings over the dangers of smoking appear to have helped reduce the number of patients diagnosed with cancer in the UK.

According to new research from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), a charity based in London, the UK is ranked 22nd in the world in terms of combined male and female cancer cases per 100,000 people.

The study shows that for men, the rate is 280.0 per 100,000 people (33rd worst in the world), while for women, rates stand at 260.5 per 100,000 (12th worst in the world).

The UKis also 11th worst in the world in terms of breast cancer prevalence.

In contrast, Denmark was rated highest in terms of combined cancer diagnosis, with an average of 326.1 cases per 100,000 of the population.

James Meikle, researcher for the WCRF, said: "Decades of warnings about the dangers of smoking appear to be having an effect, with the UK placed a relatively low 22nd in a world league of highest cancer rates."

The public places smoking ban in England, which is credited with dramatically reducing the number of people who smoke in the UK, came into effect on July 1st 2007.

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