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813 people a day diagnosed with cancer in England

Published 23/02/2016

Four common cancers, including breast cancer, account for more than half of all cases
Four common cancers, including breast cancer, account for more than half of all cases

More than 800 people a day are now diagnosed with cancer in England, figures show.

New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found the number of cancer cases continues to rise, with 296,863 new cases in 2014 - the equivalent of 813 per day.

More new cancer cases were among men (150,832) than women (146,031), a trend that has been seen in previous years.

Four common cancers account for more than half of all cases.

They are breast cancer (15.6%), prostate cancer (13.4%), lung cancer (12.6%) and bowel cancer (11.5%).

Sarah Toule, head of health information at the World Cancer Research Fund, said: "As the number of cancer cases continues to rise, we must ensure that the public is more aware of how to reduce their cancer risk, so that they can make informed decisions about their lifestyles.

"Only by focusing on prevention will we begin to get a grip on the cancer epidemic that is affecting this country.

"Breast, prostate and colorectal cancer account for over 40% of these new cases, yet a person's risk of developing any of these can be reduced by adopting a healthier lifestyle - including maintaining a healthy weight.

"In fact, after not smoking, being a healthy weight is the most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of cancer."

Samia al Qadhi, chief executive of Breast Cancer Care, said: "Breast cancer cases have risen by 3.5% in a year - which equates to over 1,500 more cases in England in 2014 than the year before.

"This worrying trend shows no sign of stopping. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in England. Getting older increases breast cancer risk so, as our ageing population grows, more and more people will hear the life-changing news they have breast cancer.

"How the NHS will cope with the rising numbers of breast cancer patients is a very real concern. There isn't a day to lose - we must ensure anyone diagnosed gets the vital information and support they need from day one."

Angela Culhane, chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: "The number of new cases of prostate cancer in the UK is rising fast and it is set to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer by 2030.

"Although in recent years there have been improvements in the treatment and awareness of prostate cancer, death rates in the UK for the disease are still the worst in Western Europe.

"Due in part to the lack of a reliable diagnostic test, 16% of men in England are diagnosed when the prostate cancer is already at an advanced stage, by which time their life expectancy is much reduced and treatment options are limited. This is scandalous and must be addressed."

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