Macmillan: Four in ten will get cancer

July 14th 2011

Increasing cancer rates mean that four in ten people will have a cancer diagnosis at some point in their life, according to a leading charity.

Data from Macmillan Cancer Support shows that 42 per cent of people currently develop the disease at some point in their lives, with the number of sufferers having increased by 35 per cent in the past ten years.

This trend is expected to continue, with the number of people with cancer expected to reach four million over the next 20 years.

Commenting, Ciaran Devane, the charity's chief executive officer, said: "It is really alarming that the number of people who will get cancer is now well past one in three, and that there are so many more people with cancer today than even ten years ago."

He added that as the UK cannot double its spending on research into cancer treatment in this time period, healthcare providers need to become more effective in the ways they spend their funds.

Data from Macmillan shows that prostate cancer is the most common form among men, followed by lung cancer, while women are most likely to suffer from breast cancer.

Posted by Edward Bartel

1 "42 per cent of us to get cancer", Macmillan Cancer Support, July 14th 2011

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