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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.

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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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