50% of all British men are likely to be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime by the year 2027 says Cancer Research UK, but more will survive the disease thanks to better screening and treatment.
Men in the UK currently have a 44% chance of developing cancer, with around 164,000 being diagnosed with the disease in 2010.
But Cancer Research UK says that this figure will increase to 194,000 in the next 15 years, with men having a one in two chance of developing cancer in their lifetime by 2027.
The researchers reached their predictions by looking at past cancer incidence and mortality rates and projected population data for the UK.
Cancers set to increase the most are bowel, prostate and skin cancer.
Professor Alan White, chairman of the Men's Health Forum and professor of men's health at Leeds Metropolitan University, said: "It's desperately important that men take up any opportunity to go for cancer screening that they can.
"Some men are fatalistic about cancer and screening. But screening does make a difference. If cancers are spotted earlier they are easier to treat."
"We also know that men who discuss screening with their doctor or their partner are more likely to take up the offer."
Women will also be more likely to develop cancer by 2027. Experts predict that women will have a 44% chance of cancer compared with the current risk of 40%.
In total, they predict that by 2027 around 416,000 people in the UK are expected to be diagnosed with cancer, compared with 324,000 in 2010. The charity says that the increased risk is largely due to people living longer.
However, the team from the Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine believe that more people will survive cancer thanks to better screenings and treatments.
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