Today is World Cancer Day #WorldCancerDay #WeCanICan
But the good news is that it’s not taking as many of us as 10 years ago…
THE proportion of us dying from cancer has dropped by almost 10% in a decade, a report reveals today.
The study, by Cancer Research UK, shows that in 2013, 284 out of every 100,000 people in the UK died from cancer.
Ten years ago, it was 312 in every 100,000.
The trend is due to improvements in detection, diagnosis and treatments.
A breakdown of the sexes shows men’s death rates have fallen by 12% in the decade, while the drop among women is 8%.
Lung, bowel, breast and prostate cancer cause almost half of all cancer deaths – 46% – in the UK. The combined death rate for these four fell 11% in the past decade.
However, death rates have risen by a huge 60% over the past 10 years for liver cancer and by 8% for pancreatic cancer.
Because people are living longer, the total number of cancer deaths has increased. There were 162,000 deaths from the disease in 2012, compared with 155,000 in 2002.
Around 80% of cancer deaths occur in people aged 65 and over and more than half occur in those aged 75 and older.