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42% of Britons will get cancer, statistics show

Denis Campbell
London Guardian [1]
July 14, 2011

It was one of the starkest statistics about the nation’s health – that one in three of us would get cancer. Sadly, the figures have just got worse. Cancer experts now believe 42% of Britons will get the disease.

Macmillan Cancer Support has revised the figure after its researchers analysed official data covering diagnosis of cancer, death from the disease and overall mortality. Of the 585,000 people who died in the UK in 2008, 246,000 of them – 42% – had been diagnosed with cancer at some point.

The one in three figure has been used by cancer experts, campaigners and ministers for a decade. It is based on the fact that research into every death in the UK in 1999 showed that 220,000 people – some 35% of the 630,000 total deaths – had previously been found to have the disease.

The new figures tally with recent research that the incidence of cancer is rising, mainly due to the UK’s ageing population.

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