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Cancer death rates set to fall by 2030

25th September 2012

A charity has said that death rates from cancer are predicted to "fall dramatically" in less than 20 years time.


Cancer Research UK said that by 2030 death rates from the disease will decrease by 17%, mainly due to improvements in diagnosis and treatment, in addition to fewer people smoking.

In 2010, there were 170 deaths per 100,000 of the UK population from cancer and this is predicted to fall to 140 to 100,000 by 2030.

The largest drop is predicted to be for ovarian cancer, with death rates predicted to drop by 43% by 2030.

The chief executive of Cancer Research UK, Dr Harpal Kumar, said: "These new figures are encouraging and highlight the huge progress we're making. Research across many areas is having real impact."

Although the UK's ageing population means the total amount of people who die from cancer will increase, the deaths will make up a smaller proportion of the overall number of deaths, leading to a decrease in the cancer death rate.

The Department of Health said: "These figures reflect improvements in cancer services, but we know there is still more to do."

"Our aim is to save 5,000 more lives every year by 2015 - and halve the gap in cancer survival between us and the best-performing countries in Europe." 

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