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Cancer death rates drop

15th May 2012

According to research published by Cancer Research UK, the number of people dying from cancer in the UK is at its lowest in 40 years.

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The charity's data showed that for people diagnosed with cancer from the ages of 50-59, death rates have decreased 40%.

This drop means that 310 in 100,000 people diagnosed with cancer died in 1971 compared to 185 per 100,000 in 2010. 

There were over 21,000 deaths in the same age group in 1971, but the figure dropped to fewer than 14,000 in 2010.

The information showed that 43,100 people aged 50-59 were diagnosed with cancer every year, and a total of 309,500 new cases were diagnosed annually, with 76,000 deaths.

The most significant decrease in death rates for males were for stomach, testicular and lung cancers, and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Female death rates which showed the biggest falls were for stomach, bowel and cervical cancer, in addition to Hodgkin’s lymphoma. 

Professor Peter Johnson told the Daily Express: "The reduction in people smoking has been a big help and we are also better at diagnosing cancer early and better at treating them."

"Our research has been critical to this progress, and the pace continues to increase as we bring knowledge from our laboratories into the clinic." 

 

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