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Cancer deaths fall to lowest record level for people in their 50s

Published on 15/05/2012

The number of people dying from cancer in their 50’s has fallen to its lowest record level.

Figures from Cancer Research UK show a 40 per cent drop in cancer deaths among 50 to 59 year olds. Now, 185 in every 100,000 cancer sufferers in their 50s die- compared to 310 four decades ago.

For men in their 50s, the cancers seeing the biggest fall in death rates are stomach, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, testicular and lung. For women, the death rate has fallen most for cervical, stomach, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and bowel cancers.

In total, the number of deaths from cancer in this age bracket has fallen from more than 21,300 in 1971 to fewer than 14,000 in 2010. Professor Peter Johnson of Cancer Research UK said:

"Our latest figures show that for the first time in the last four decades cancer deaths among people aged 50-59 have dropped below 14,000 a year."

"This is really encouraging news and it highlights the huge progress we have made. The reduction in people smoking has been a big help, and we are also better at diagnosing cancers early and better at treating them whether by surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy."

The charity says that the drop in death rates has been down to better chemotherapy, radiotherapy and drugs, falling smoking rates, the introduction of screening and better delivery of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

However, smoking remains the largest cause of cancer, being responsible for 60,000 cases a year. Other causes include obesity, alcohol and poor diets without fruit and vegetables, collectively forming 35,000 cases a year.

In fact, experts believe that just under half of all cancers combined are caused by avoidable life choices.

Researchers say there is still more to do to ensure cancer becomes a disease that people live with rather than die from. In the meantime, if you want access to top cancer drugs and treatment then compare health insurance policies with full cancer cover.

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