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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Charity: Cancer has risen by more than a third

Macmillan Cancer Support has found that the proportion of people who will develop cancer at some point in their lives has increased by more than a third over the past two decades.

  • In 1992, 32% of people who died that year had been diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives and by 2010, this had risen to 44%
  • The number who get cancer who don't die from the disease has increased by 67% over the past 20 years, in 1992, around one in five people diagnosed with cancer died from another cause, and by 2010, this had risen to more than one in three

The charity also found growing evidence that many cancer patients do not return to full health after treatments.

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