Half of Brits will get cancer in their lifetime

10 June 2013

The number of Britons who will get cancer at some point in their life will increase to nearly 50 per cent by 2020, according to forecasted figures from Macmillan Cancer Support. The rise in cancer has been linked to the fact that more individuals are living to an old age, when the condition is most likely to develop.

Improved standards of living, increased availability of medication and advanced treatment have significantly increased the average lifespan of Brits.

In 1990, 33 per cent of individuals developed cancer at some point in their lifetime. By 2010, this figure had risen to 44 per cent. By 2020, Macmillan Cancer Support expects the number to rise to 47 per cent. The charity estimates that more than a third will survive the disease, compared to the high mortality rate of 20 years ago, when 80 per cent of patients died from cancer.

Cancer tests are an effective way to catch cancer in its early stages and increase your likelihood of beating the disease.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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