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Charity: '1 in 2' to get cancer

In just seven years' time almost one out of every two people will be expected to get cancer during their lifetime, a charity has warned. Macmillan Cancer Support has projected that by 2020, 47% of people in the UK will be diagnosed with the disease.

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Almost half UK will be diagnosed with cancer by 2020

Almost half the number of people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer by the year 2020, a charity has warned.

Macmillan Cancer Support said the stark rise in the number of people who get, and survive, cancer poses a "herculean" challenge to the NHS.

Rise in cancer will provide a 'herculean' challenge for the NHS, Macmillan Cancer Support said Credit: Macmillan Cancer Support

The charity added that although almost one in two people are expected to get the disease, around four in 10 patients (38%) will not die from it.

The research was conducted from existing data on cancer prevalence, incidence and mortality, and found that the number of people who will develop cancer has increased by more than a third over the past two decades.

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