New estimate predicts 1 in 2 people will get cancer

4 February 2015
Cancer Research UK has published findings showing that the lifetime risk of a cancer diagnosis has risen from 1-in-3 to 1-in-2.

The new forecast, based on findings from the British Journal of Cancer, reflects better healthcare and longer life expectancy. It notes that the longer people live, the higher the risk of cancer, and highlights the challenges faced in caring for more older people who have cancer. Cancer Resarch UK calls for a two-pronged approach focussing not only on education and prevention, but also on increased investment to care adequately for those who do get the disease.

Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care, said: "With one in two people in the UK expected to get cancer at some stage in their lives, the need to invest in prevention and to provide effective treatment, care and support to people who have cancer has never been greater.

"Although long-term survival rates for many cancers have improved, more than one person every four minutes dies from cancer. That’s why it remains so important to support people for whom cancer may be a terminal illness to talk through their options, so that they can make informed choices about the sort of treatment and end of life care and support that they would or wouldn’t want."

Read the full story at  Cancer Research UK.


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