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Middle-aged cancer rates rise

19th July 2011

Data collected by Cancer Research UK has found that diagnoses of cancer have increased by 20% since the 1970s.

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The information showed that 44,000 people aged 40-59 were diagnosed with cancer in 1979, compared to 61,000 in 2008.

The charity said the increase was caused in part by improved screening but also because of lifestyle factors.

The number of people surviving cancer has doubled since the 1970s.

The data revealed that cases in middle-aged people went up from 329 per 100,000 to 388 per 100,000.

Rates from women aged 40-60 went up by over 25%, increasing from 24,000 in 1979 to over 36,500 in 2008. The incidence of breast cancer went up by 50%.

Prostate cancer cases in men have increased six times in the same time period.

Rates of skin cancer also rose for both men and women.

Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK's, said: "There has been undeniable progress in the treatment of cancer over the last 40 years and many more people are surviving the disease.

"But we must redouble our efforts to ensure that our research continues to discover new techniques to improve and refine diagnosis and treatment so that cancer survival becomes the norm for patients, irrespective of the cancer they have or their age at diagnosis." 

 

 

 

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