New study shows increase in UK cancer cases

17 February 2016

A new study from Cancer Research UK has indicated that the number of UK cancer cases has risen in the last couple of decades.

The latest figures from the charity indicated that more than 352,000 people have been diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year, a 12 per cent increase in the rate since the mid-90s.

More than 179,000 men are diagnosed yearly in the UK, compared with nearly 173,000 women. However, survival has doubled over the last 40 years, thanks to the availability of better treatments, more accurate tests, earlier diagnosis and screening programmes.

The rise in the number of people being diagnosed with cancer was attributed to an ageing and growing UK population, a trend that is placing increasing strain on the NHS.

Nick Ormiston-Smith, Cancer Research UK's head of statistical information, said: "There's still a huge variation in survival between different cancer types and there's a lot of work to do to reach Cancer Research UK's ambition for three in four patients to survive their disease by 2034."

Posted by Jeanette Royston

 


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