Cancer diagnoses 'soar' over last 40 years

The number of people suffering from cancer has soared since the 1970s, a leading health charity has warned.

According to data released by Cancer Research UK:

  • In 1975 around 295 of every 100,000 people were diagnosed with some form of cancer.
  • This number rose to almost 400 by 2011.
  • Cancer Research blamed an ageing population and lifestyle factors, like excessive drinking or being overweight for the rise.
  • While the rates are going up, the number of people surviving the disease is also on the rise.
  • In the 1970s just 23% of cancer patients survived for 10 years, this climbed to 46% in 2007.

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Over 330,000 Brits diagnosed with cancer each year

Just under a third of a million people are diagnosed with cancer ever year, figures from Cancer Research UK have shown. More than 330,000 found out they had some form of the disease in 2011, the health charity said.