Cancer is the UK's biggest killer above AIDS and murder, study finds

3 November 2011

Cancer is the biggest premature killer in the UK, new figures released by one charity have shown.

According to Cancer Research UK, the disease is responsible for killing 40 per cent of men and women who die prematurely between the ages of 25 and 74.

Researchers who conducted the study found that cancer kills more people every year than coronary heart disease, stroke and AIDS, as well as traffic accidents, suicide and murder.

This means that the disease is the biggest killer in the UK.

However, despite the rise in the number of people developing cancer, the death rates from the disease have fallen in the past 40 years, suggesting that more people are surviving overall in comparison to four decades ago.

According to the charity, the three biggest killers in the UK are cancer, coronary heart disease and respiratory disease.

The organisation also predicted that cancer rates are set to rise by 45 per cent in the next 20 years.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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