16:16 26 September 2012
New figures from Cancer Research UK suggest that the death rate for cancer looks set to drop by the year 2030, with a 17per cent decrease according to reports. Experts have predicted that the drop could lend itself to the countries improved treatment and lifestyle.
It is understood that people tackling their smoking habit will result in the UK seeing a huge reduction in smokers in the coming years, and this will help reduce the number of cancer related issues. Also, improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease also make a difference.
Research states that out of 100,000 people in the UK around 170 died from cancer in 2010, and that this figure is expected to fall to 142 in the next two decades.
Cancer Research UK epidemiologist from the University of London, Professor Peter Sasieni, has said: “Our latest estimations show that for many cancers, adjusting for age, death rates are set to fall dramatically in the coming decades.
“And what’s really encouraging is that the biggest cancer killers, lung, breast, bowel, and prostate, are part of this falling trend.”
Doctor Harpal Kumar, the Chief executive of Cancer Research UK, is happy over the progress: “These new figures are encouraging and highlight the huge progress we're making.
“Research across many areas is having real impact.”
In a report by the BBC, The Department of Health is quoted addressing the situation: “These figures reflect improvements in cancer services, but we know there is still more to do.”
Some types of cancers that have been included in the falling figures and this relates to lung cancer, breast cancer and bowel cancer, which are known to be some of the UK’s biggest cancer killers.
At the opposite end of the scale however, death rates for oral cancer could actually increase before 2030. As reported by the Mail Online experts could see a rise of 22per cent.
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