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UK cancer death rates fall by 10%

UK cancer death rates fall by 10%


Cancer death rates have dropped by nearly 10% over a period of 10 years according to the latest analysis released by Cancer Research UK during the World Cancer Day.


The new figures released shows that in the year 2013, 284 out of every 100,000 people in the UK died as a result of cancer which is around 162,000 people. About 10 years ago, the figure was 312 people in every 100,000.

Fall in death rates

Cancer rate has fallen, and this is mostly due to the disease handling improvements through detection, diagnosis and treatments. The four major cancers which include prostate, bowel, lung and breast cancer causes 46% of cancer deaths in the UK.


The combined death rates of the four shows the overall fall of death rate by almost 10% over the last 10 years dropping from 146 per 100,000 in 2003 to 131 people per 100,000 in 2013 people but the liver and pancreatic cancers seem to be rising.


Research is warning that with the rapid growth in UK’s population, more people are living longer and the number of cancer cases is increasing with the primary reason being old age.
Research also shows that approximately four-fifths of those aged 65 years and over have the occurrence of cancer with those over 75 years registering more than 50% chances of dying with cancer.

Cancer death rates

There is a narrowing gap between men and women cancer death rates. Men’s death rate has fallen by 12% from 397 for every 100,000 in 2003 to 349 per 100,000 in the year 2013. Compared to women there is an 8% drop in women’s death from 259 for every 100,000 in the year 2013 to 240 in the year 2013.
This statistic shows 85,000 men and 77,000 women pass away each year from cancer in the UK.

Cancer Research

According to the Cancer Research UK chief executive Sir, Harpal Kumar, in every two persons, who are diagnosed with cancer, one can survive with the disease for at least 10 years. The Cancer Research UK is determined to see that the progress is accelerated to the fact that three in four can survive cancer come the years 2034.
The research further states that even if the death rates are falling, it is expected that the number of people dying from cancer is bound to increase. This is because, with the growth in population, most people tend to live longer. This is leading to more people being diagnosed and dying from cancer and this is happening all around the world.

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