Half of UK’s population may survive cancer by 2020- Report says

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With the outbreak of cancer in the world, a recent report shows the number of people in the UK who will get cancer during their lifetime will increase to nearly half the population by 2020.

Macmillan Cancer Support filed the report but added that those who do develop cancer will be less likely to die from the disease. Macmillan said this figure would continue rising over the next decade, levelling off at around 47 percent between 2020 and 2030.

To produce their figures, Macmillan used data on cancer incidence, cancer mortality and deaths from all causes from across the UK.

The charity also found that many more people were surviving cancer compared to 20 years ago.

In 1992, the proportion of people in the UK who got cancer during their life was 32 percent. This increased to 44 percent in 2010, an increase of more than a third.

There are many factors that influence an individual’s risk of developing cancer. Some factors cannot be controlled, such as age and family history. But risk factors related to lifestyle can be controlled such as giving up smoking, keeping physically active and maintaining a healthy weight. Around one in four cancers diagnosed in the UK could be avoided if people made changes to their lifestyles

 

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