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England sees sharp rise in liver and skin cancer

20th June 2014

The number of people diagnosed with skin and liver in England has risen since 2003.


The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have released statistics that highlight these increases; however, the statistics have not been adjusted for growth in population.

Matt Wickenden, at Cancer Research UK, said more than 40% of cancers could be prevented through lifestyle choices and that smoking caused up to a "fifth of all cancers".

Skin cancer

Between 2003 and 2012, skin cancer cases increased by 78% in men and 48% in women.

It is thought the skin cancer rise is largely due to overexposure to the sun.

Skin cancer is now the fifth most common cancer and accounts for 4% of new cases.

The ONS, suggested changes in clothing trends and an increase in sunbathing were a large part of this.

Liver cancer

Between 2003 and 2012, liver cancer cases increased by 70% in men and 60% in women.

It is thought these are due to levels of obesity and hepatitis B and C.

Liver cancer is now the 18th most common cancer in England and accounts for 1% of new cases.

Andrew Langford, chief executive at the British Liver Trust, said the figures were "unfortunately, unsurprising".

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