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Cancer

Introduction

There are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK.

There are more than 360,000 new cancer cases in the UK every year, that's nearly 990 every day.

Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer.

The earlier a cancer can be diagnosed the greater the prospect of survival. Evidence suggests that later diagnosis of cancer has been a major factor in the poorer survival rates in the UK compared with some other countries in Europe.

There are around 164,000 cancer deaths in the UK every year, that's around 450 every day.

Every four minutes someone in the UK dies from cancer.

Cancer accounts for more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK.

Lives can be saved from cancer, primarily through better awareness of the signs and symptoms and earlier diagnosis of cancer.

The number of people living with cancer is going up partly because more people are surviving cancer for longer.

However, more people are getting cancer in the first place, and many are left with serious long-term side-effects.

There are more than 1 million admissions to hospital for cancer in England.

The annual cost of all cancers to the UK economy is £15.8 billion.

The cost of lung cancer at £2.4 billion each year is far higher than that for any other cancer.

Source: Oxford University, Cancer research UK and Macmillan cancer support

Other JSNA topics this topic closely linked to:

Smoking

Obesity

Diet and nutrition

Alcohol misuse

Sexual health

Oral health

Physical inactivity

End of life care

 

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