Number of UK Cancer Diagnoses Rise by 50,000 in a Decade
According to Cancer Research UK, the number of people being diagnosed with cancer is on the rise. This study found out that there are a few things that are contributing to this rise in cancer diagnoses. First of all, people are living longer, which means that there is more time for cancer to develop in the body. The study also showed that obesity and alcohol are contributing to this increase.
This rise saw 50,000 more people diagnosed with cancer compared to a decade ago. There are four types of cancer that are contributing to this increase, including lung, breast, bowel and prostate cancers.
Cancer Research UK said that there has been an increase in the number of diagnoses of cancer. In 2001, there were around 282,000 cases of cancer. By 2011, this number jumped to 331,487. Most of these cancer diagnoses are simply a result of the aging process because people are living longer. People are living longer thanks to advances in medical science, which means that people are less likely to die from infectious diseases. More people are also being kept alive after major health issues, such as strokes and heart attacks.
The good news is that the chances of surviving cancer have also jumped since 2001. The survival rate has doubled over the past 40 years. In the 1970s, less than a quarter of people who had cancer survived for 10 years or more. By 2007, this number jumped from 23 percent to 46 percent.