Deaths from cancer could fall by 400,000

Advances in detection, diagnosis and treatment mean that about 403,000 fewer people in the UK will die from cancer over the next 20 years, Cancer Research UK recently reported.

The charity estimates that 331 people per 100,000 of the UK population died from cancer in 2014. By 2035, the estimated mortality will drop by 15 per cent to 280 per 100,000. Deaths from bowel cancer, for example, will fall by 23 per cent by 2035 from 32 to 25 deaths per 100,000.

“Thanks to research, fewer people will die from cancer in the future. We’re resolute that, by 2034, three in four people will survive their cancer for at least 10 years,” says Sir Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive. “This will mean making more progress in breast, bowel and blood cancers, but also accelerating our effort in those cancers which are currently hard to treat.”

For instance, only about 3 and 20 per cent of people with pancreatic and brain cancer respectively currently survive at least five years.

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