Cancer, some facts


We have been talking in the office about Life insurance following the recent campaign by Legal and General. And then an email about Race for Life coming through on the same day. It got us talking about out own mortality and we wanted to find out some more facts about Cancer and the statistics. Some are fairly shocking and it has made us think we need to get ourselves financially secure, medically checked and then physically fit to take part in Race for Life!


So what are the stats? We went onto the Cancer Research UK website to find out some facts:


  • There are more than 200 types of cancer, each with different causes, symptoms and treatments.
  • More than 331,000 people were diagnosed with cancer in 2011 in the UK, that’s around 910 people every day.
  • Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer.
  • More than 1 in 3 people in the UK will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime.
  • The risk of developing cancer up to the age of 50 years is 1 in 35 for men and 1 in 20 for women.
  • Breast, lung, prostate and bowel cancers together account for over half of all new cancers each year.
  • Cancer can develop at any age, but is most common in older people. More than a third of cancers are diagnosed in people aged 75 and over.
  • Overall cancer incidence rates in Great Britain have increased by more than a third since the mid-1970s, with almost this entire rise occurring before the late 1990s.
  • Cancer incidence rates in Great Britain have risen by 23% in males and by 43% in females since the mid-1970s.
  • There have been large increases in the incidence of many cancers strongly linked to lifestyle, such as kidney, liver, skin (malignant melanoma, oral and uterine (womb).
  • In males over the last decade in the UK stomach cancer incidence has decreased by almost a third, and lung cancer incidence has decreased by around a seventh.
  • In females over the last decade in the UK, stomach cancer incidence has decreased by more than a quarter, and ovarian cancer incidence has decreased by around a tenth.
  • Cancer is the number one fear for the British public, feared ahead of debt, knife crime, Alzheimer’s disease and losing a job.

How many people survive cancer?

  • Half of people diagnosed with cancer now survive their disease for at least five years.
  • Cancer survival rates in the UK have doubled in the last 40 years.
  • Three-quarters of children are now cured of their disease compared with around a quarter in the late 1960s.

How many people die from cancer?

  • Cancer causes more than one in four of all deaths in the UK.
  • More than half of cancer deaths occur in people aged 75 and over.
  • In the UK there were around 159, 000 deaths from cancer in 2011.
  • In the UK in 2011, more than 430 people died from cancer every day, that’s one person every four minutes.
  • Cancer death rates in the UK have fallen by around a fifth over the last thirty years and by 10% over the last decade.
  • More than one in five of all cancer deaths are from lung cancer.
  • Lung, bowel, breast and prostate cancers together account for almost half of all cancer deaths.
  • Worldwide, it is estimated that around 7.6 million people died from cancer in 2008.

Don’t let these numbers scare you, let’s make sure they make us stronger. Let’s make sure we are fit and healthy, medically aware of what the signs to look our for are, let’s get our finances in order in case the worse should happen and then let’s all get together to help fight it, with awareness, fundraising and support.

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