Cancer cases 'set to rise 45% in next 20 years'

2 November 2011

The number of people diagnosed with cancer in the UK is set to rise by 45 per cent in the next two decades, according to researchers.

Cancer Research UK funded a study published in the British Journal of Cancer and found that by 2030, cancer cases will increase to an estimated 430,000 a year.

Healthcare officials have been encouraged to do more to spot the signs of cancer early and keep follow-up checks at regular intervals.

The Department of Health said it is working to respond to the challenge of minimising the rise in cancer cases.

Drawing on data from the Office for National Statistics, the researchers suggested that a growing and ageing population could be a key factor in the rise.

Professor Peter Sasieni, said: "Projections of cancer cases are important for planning health services so we can understand where the future burden is and also where health awareness messages need to be raised."

Breast cancer accounts for 16 per cent of all cancer in England and is one of the most common types.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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