Cancer to Strike One in Two in U.K.: CRUK Report

Cancer to Strike One in Two in U.K.: CRUK Report

by Sangeeta Haindl
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 4:00pm


Chilling statistics were released last week by Cancer Research UK (CRUK), saying one in two people in Britain will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and that more effort must be made to prevent people getting the disease. Until now, CRUK’s scientists have estimated that one in three people would get cancer at some point; these new figures are from a paper published in the British Journal of Cancer and is based on a more accurate way of calculating the risk. It means that half of those born after 1960 can expect a diagnosis at some point in the future. For those born earlier, the risk remains at one in three.

More people are getting cancer mainly because they are living longer, as cancer is primarily a disease of old age, with more than 60 percent of all cases diagnosed in people aged over 65, says Professor Peter Sasieni, who is based at Queen Mary University London, and is the author of the paper. So the bottom line is, if people live long enough, most will get cancer at some point.

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Sangeeta Haindl writes on social innovation, social enterprise, and social entrepreneurs. She is the owner of Serendipity PR, in London, U.K., where she works with high-profile brands and organizations in the public, non-profit, and corporate sectors, winning awards for her work from the communications industry. She describes herself as a Spiritual Entrepreneur, Conscious Explorer, and Futurist. She enjoys helping others, paying it forward, and being a mum.