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Heart and cancer deaths falling

27th September 2006

15032006_artery1.jpgBased on data from the Office for National Statistics, mortality figures for people suffering from cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD) have improved.

Figures released by the Department of Health show that for people under the age of 75 death rates from cancer have reduced by 15.7% and death rates from CVD - for example heart disease and stroke - have reduced by 35.9% since 1996. The Department of Health say they are on target to reduce cancer death rates by at least 20% and CVD death rates by at least 40% by 2010.

The new figures mean that since 1996 over 50,000 lives have been saved from deaths due to cancer, and almost 150,000 lives saved from deaths due to CVD.

Policy manager at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), Steve Shaffelburg, said they were delighted with the statistics, but that there was "much still to do."

Chief executive of Cancer Research UK, Professor Alex Markham, also welcomed the figures, adding that "This steady trend can largely be attributed to fewer people dying from smoking-related cancers." He called for continued investment in research.

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