Cancer deaths in the UK 'reach record low'

15 May 2012

There are fewer people aged 50 years or over dying prematurely in the UK as a result of losing their battle against cancer, according to a new study.

Cancer Research UK has revealed new statistics which highlight that cancer deaths in people aged between 50 and 59 years old numbered less than 14,000 in 2010.

This number is down considerably from the 21,300 people in this age range who died as a result of cancer in 1971, and represents a record low.

Looking into the possible reasons behind the decline, Cancer Research UK's chief clinician, professor Peter Johnson, noted: "The reduction in people smoking has been a big help, and we are also better at diagnosing cancers early and better at treating them whether by surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy."

Cancer Research UK's analysis went on to suggest that stomach, Hodgkin's lymphoma, testicular and lung cancers witnessed the biggest drops in death rates in men.

Hodgkin's lymphoma and stomach cancer deaths have fallen dramatically in women in recent years too, as has loss of life due to cervical and bowel cancers.

A separate study by Cancer Research UK has revealed that the majority of people diagnosed with cancer hope for healthcare professionals to help them understand their condition.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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