Cancer Research UK has published figures that show that the number of people in their 50s dying prematurely from cancer in the UK has fallen below 14,000 for the first time in 40 years. The latest statistics show that cancer deaths in 50-59 year olds have dropped from over 21,300 in 1971 to under 14,000 in 2010 - which equates to a drop in rates of 40 per cent. This is likely to be due to a combination of factors including better chemotherapy which has led to improved survival in testicular cancer and Hodgkin’s lymphoma, falling smoking rates, the introduction of screening, better treatments such as tamoxifen, more effective radiotherapy and new drugs and better delivery of cancer diagnosis and treatment by the NHS.
Press release: http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/news/archive/pressrelease/2012-14-12-premature-deaths-from-cancer-fall-below-14,000-for-middle-aged?view=n-and-r-homepage
BBC News report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18060777