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Cancer Statistics

Cancer statistics is very important in trying to get a clear picture of the illness’ landscape in the country.  It is essential in trying to find out how cancer is prevalent during our time and compare it with the past. Cancer statistics is also the key in pushing for more effort in research, especially in finding a cure or treatment that has a high success rate.  The figures will show which one should be prioritised by the researchers and which ones people should watch out for during health screenings and periodic checkups.

According to Cancer Research UK, there are 408,381 cases of all types of cancers combined as of 2008. Non melanoma skin cancer accounts for 98,854 of these and the other cancers are numbered at 309,527. The most popular type of cancer in the United Kingdom as of 2008, is breast cancer with 48,034 cases, followed by lung cancer with 40,806 cases.  The third top cancer in the UK according to Cancer Research UK is colorectal cancer at 39,991 cases in 2008.

The other types of cancer that are included in the Cancer Research UK’s figures are:

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma11,861
Malignant Melanoma11,767
Brain with CNS4,785
Multiple Myeloma4,516

According to the report published by the Cancer Research UK back in April 2011, there are 1 in 3 people who will be diagnosed with some type of cancer in their lifetime. There was an increase of 26% in incidence rates of cancer in the UK between 1979 and 2008. Males were diagnosed 13% more and females were diagnosed 34% more over that same period. It was noted however, that in the recent decade, the incidence rates of cancer in the UK remained the same. Cancer in the UK usually happens in people who are aged 60 and over with 75% of the cases diagnosed for the period of research in their age range. The people who are aged 75 and up who are diagnosed with the disease are one third of the cases for the same period.

There is only less than 1% of cancer cases that happen in children between 0 to 14 years. In 2008, there are 1,427 cases of cancer in that age range with more males having the illness over females. Leukaemia is the top cancer for children at 31% of childhood cancers.

There are 1,956 teenagers and young adults aged 15-24 years who are diagnosed with the disease back in 2008. The most common cancers in this age range are Hodgkin lymphoma, testicular cancer, malignant melanoma, bone and connective tissue cancer and leukaemia.

There is only about one in every ten cases of cancer that happen in adults aged 25 to 49 years old. The most common cancers are malignant melanoma, breast, colon cancer and cervical cancer.

Cancer Statistics