Cancer Death Rates Fall By 10% In 10 Years
The number of people dying from cancer has fallen by 10% in the last 10 years, even though more people are getting the disease.
Cancer Research found that 284 out of every 100,000 population died from cancer in the UK in 2013 – compared to 312 out of every 100,000 in 2003.
The greatest success in reducing cancer death rates has been among men, with 12% fewer people dying in the year surveyed than a decade earlier, as opposed to 8% fewer women.
Yet, in 2012, 346,000 people in the UK were diagnosed with a form of cancer – up from 282,000 in 2002 and 249,000 in 1992.
Because people are living longer, experts are predicting that one in two people born in the UK after 1960 will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lives.
Scientists say more could be done to prevent people becoming sick with the disease, as at least a third of cases are due to lifestyle.
Cancer Research said that around 162,000 people died from the disease in 2012.
Four out of every five of those who died were aged over 65 and one-in-two were over 75 years old.
The figures were released to mark World Cancer Day.
Cancer Research Chief Executive Sir Harpal Kumar said: a�?Today a�� ita��s important to remember that even though the death rates are falling, the overall number of people dying from cancer is expected to increase.
“This is because the population is growing and more of us are living longer.a�?
Other research found those aged 18 to 24 were more aware that being overweight, drinking alcohol and eating a poor diet could be a factor in getting the disease than those aged over 55.
Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said: a�?Prevention is key.
“Ita��s good to see growing awareness in some age groups of the benefits of being a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet and limiting how much alcohol we drink – and ita��s never too late to kick start a healthier lifestyle.a�?
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