Cancer Deaths In The UK Expected To Fall
September 26, 2012

Cancer Death Rates To Drop 17 Percent By 2030 In The UK

Connie K. Ho for — Your Universe Online

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. As it approaches in the next few weeks, there are a few positive statistics on the state of cancer. Researchers from the United Kingdom recently revealed that they believe that cancer deaths will decline by almost 17 percent by 2030 if people continue to drop the smoking habit and there is a steady stream of treatments in development.

According to the charity Cancer Research UK, the change in the number of cancer deaths is based on better diagnosis and treatment. The Daily Mail reported that, in 2010, around 170 people in every 1000,000 died due to cancer. The number is estimated to decrease to 142 in every 100,000 in the next 17 years. In particular, ovarian and breast cancer are predicted to have the biggest decrease in the number of deaths.

“Our latest estimations show that for many cancers, adjusting for age, death rates are set to fall dramatically in the coming decades. And what´s really encouraging is that the biggest cancer killers, lung, breast, bowel, and prostate, are part of this falling trend,” Peter Sasieni, an epidemiologist with Cancer Research UK, told The Daily Mail. “Because old age is the biggest risk factor for cancer and more people are living longer, they have a greater chance of developing and, unfortunately, dying from the disease. But overall the proportion, or rate, of those who die from cancer is falling.”

However, a few cancers will increase in the number of people dying. According to Medical News Today, death rates due to oral cancer will possibly rise by 22 percent as the number of people dying from the illness rise from 2.9 to 3.5 in every 100,000 people. As well, the number of people dying due to liver cancer will go up approximately 39 percent, increasing from 4.2 to 5.9 in very 1000,000 people.

The data was released as a preview to Stand Up To Cancer (SUC2C), a fundraising collaboration between Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. SUC2C has focused on innovative cancer research that can help develop new treatments to save lives. The organization partners with leaders in the entertainment industry to build awareness and support for various research efforts focused on cancer.

“These new figures are encouraging and highlight the huge progress we´re making. Research across many areas is having real impact. But we know there´s still so much more to do if we are to reach a day when no one dies prematurely from cancer,” remarked Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK´s chief executive, in The Daily Mail article. “There are more exciting opportunities now to make a step-change than at any other time in history and we must grasp these.”

National organizations and agencies are optimistic about the results going forward.

“These figures reflect improvements in cancer services, but we know there is still more to do,” a representative of the Department of Health of the United Kingdom noted in an article by the BBC. "Our aim is to save 5,000 more lives every year by 2015 - and halve the gap in cancer survival between us and the best-performing countries in Europe."