Cancer is on the rise in England with the latest statistics from the ONS suggested 813 people are diagnosed every day.
The Office for National Statistics recorded 300,000 cases of cancer in 2014, and said breast cancer, followed by prostate and lung cancer, accounted for the largest proportion of cancer registrations in England.
Men are more likely to develop cancer than women are. There were 150,832 cases reported in males and 146,031 cases reported in females. Cancer Research UK said that one in two people will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime.
But it isn’t all bad news.
Professor Peter Johnson, the chief clinician at Cancer Research UK, said that lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, can dramatically reduce the chances that you will get cancer. Research shoes that more than four in 10 cases could be prevented through small changes in lifestyle.
And though more people are getting cancer, it is because people are living longer, Nick Ormiston-Smith, head of statistical information at Cancer Research UK, explains.
‘The good news is more people are surviving their cancer,’ he said.
‘There’s still a huge variation in survival between different cancer types and there’s still a lot of work to do to reach Cancer Research UK’s ambition for there in four patients to survive their disease by 2034.’
Cancer Research UK said that 352,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK, which is a 12 per cent increase in the rate since the mid-1990s.
However the chance of surviving cancer has doubled in the past 40 years, and cancer death rates have reportedly fallen by nearly 10 per cent over the past 10 years.