Cancer Statistics

  • Cancer still evokes much fear by most patients.
  • More than 1 in 3 people will develop some form of cancer at some point in their lives.
  • Nearly 8 million people die each year from cancer in the World.

  • In the UK, despite the constant progress made in screening, diagnosing, treating and preventing malignancy, there are said to be nearly 300,000 new cancer cases each year (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer).
  • For approximately 30 years, up until 2006, the incidence of cancer increased by 25% (14% in men, 32% in women). Since then, rates have been reasonably stable.
  • There are over 200 different types of cancer but more than half of cases in the UK are due to breast, lung, colon (large intestine), and prostate cancer.

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