UK cancer death rates 'set to witness dramatic fall'

26 September 2012

The number of deaths caused by cancer in the UK is set to witness a significant decrease over the next few decades, a new study suggests.

In fact, Cancer Research UK has gone as far as to state that death rates due to the disease are "set to fall dramatically" between now and 2030.

The organisation pointed out that a 17 per cent drop in the death rate will be witnessed as fewer people take up smoking and improvements are made in the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of cancer.

According to Cancer Research UK's analysis, around 170 deaths in the UK per 100,000 of the population were as a result of cancer in 2010. However, this statistic is expected to be 142 deaths out of every 100,000 cases come 2030.

Dr Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, commented: "These new figures are encouraging and highlight the huge progress we're making.

"Research across many areas is having real impact."

Posted by Jeanette Royston


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