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Britain a cancer timebomb

5th December 2007

The UK is in danger of being faced with "a cancer timebomb" in the near future, with new predictions that cases will increase by a third within 15 years.

A government report estimates that by 2020, the number of people with the disease will have risen from 224,000 in 2001 to 299,000. This rise is attributed to "lifestyle cancers" caused by smoking, diet and the use of sunbeds.

The report advised that changes needed to be made in order to stop the rise of cases of cancer. New rules limiting the use of sunbeds and banning cigarette machines were proposed as a way of stopping the increase in cases of the disease.


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