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UK cancer case numbers ‘on the rise due to ageing population’

17th February 2016

The ageing population is driving up the number of UK cancer cases diagnosed each year, according to a new report.

Figures released by Cancer Research UK show that at present, more than 352,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year, marking a 12 per cent increase in the rate since the mid-1990s.

This total is made up of 179,000 men and nearly 173,000 women, with the increasing average age of the population and the growth in the number of people living in the UK threatening to put more pressure on NHS services.

However, it was also noted that cancer survival rates have doubled over the last 40 years, thanks to the availability of better treatments, more accurate tests, earlier diagnosis and screening programmes.

Nick Ormiston-Smith, Cancer Research UK's head of statistical information, said: "People are living longer, so more people are getting cancer. But the good news is more people are surviving their cancer."

The report called for people to take steps to reduce their cancer risk, including quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy body weight and eating a balanced diet.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801812820-ADNFCR

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