Cancer cases soar in Yorkshire
12:03am 21st July 2011
(Updated 6:12am 21st July 2011)
Yorkshire and the Humber cancer rates rise in the middle-aged cancer rates in middle-aged men and women in Yorkshire and The Humber* have increased dramatically, according to new figures released to highlight the launch of Cancer Research UK’s hard-hitting advertising campaign.
They are now higher than the national average for England, with around nine** women and around six men in their 40s and 50s diagnosed every day.
Across Great Britain, cancer rates for middle-aged men and women have gone up nearly 20 per cent over the last 30 years - an increase of 17,000 cases a year.
Back in 1979, almost 20,000 men were diagnosed every year but latest figures show that almost 24,000 are now diagnosed annually.
However, the biggest increase is in middle-aged women, where rates have risen by more than 25 per cent in the same time period.
The increasing number of people being diagnosed with cancer is, in part, due to the NHS breast screening programme and the PSA test for prostate cancer.
Screening will detect more cancers at an earlier stage and this means treatment is more likely to be successful. Lifestyle factors, such as drinking alcohol, smoking and being overweight, can also increase the risk of developing some types of cancer.
But despite the alarming increase in people getting cancer, there is good news. Survival rates have doubled since the 70s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.
As Cancer Research UK launches its new national TV advertising campaign – featuring real cancer survivors and their families – its message to people in Yorkshire is clear: more money is urgently needed to help save more lives.
Nicki Embleton, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Yorkshire, said:
“There has been great progress in the treatment of cancer since the 1970s and many more people in the region are now surviving the disease.
"Thanks to the generosity of people in Yorkshire we are able to support the work of doctors, nurses and scientists who are dedicated to beating cancer by understanding its causes and investigating how best to prevent, diagnose and treat it.
“But we must redouble our efforts so that cancer survival becomes the norm for patients, irrespective of the type of cancer they have or their age at diagnosis. As the number of people diagnosed with the disease continues to rise and the economy tightens, we need the support of local people now more than ever.”
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Great Britain Stats
• Across Great Britain, more middle-aged people are being diagnosed today than 30 years ago.
• Among 40-59 year olds in Great Britain prostate cancer rates
*** have risen sixfold in 30 years and breast cancer rates
**** have increased by 50 per cent. But cases of lung cancer in men of this age have dropped from 6,300 to around 2,700.
• The increasing number of people being diagnosed with cancer is, in part, due to the NHS breast screening programme and the PSA test for prostate cancer.
Screening will detect more cancers at an earlier stage and this means treatment is more likely to be successful.
Stats for Yorkshire and the Humber Government Office Region
*European age-standardised incidence rate per 100,000 for Yorkshire and the Humber Government Office Region, all cancers excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, annual average 1985 – 1987 and 2006-2008.
The English Government Office Region rates were taken from the UK Cancer Information Service which has data available from 1985 onwards.
** Daily average number of cases for all cancers (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) diagnosed from 2006-2008 in the Yorkshire and the Humber Government Office Region.
Stats for Great Britain
***Prostate cancer cases in men aged 40-59 rose from 539 in 1979 to 3,906 in 2008, with increases in rates from 8 per 100,000 in 1979 to 51 per 100,000 in 2008.
****Breast cancer cases in women aged 40-59 rose from 8,718 in 1979 to 17,110 in 2008, with increases in rates from 134 per 100,000 women in 1979 to 215 per 100,000 in 2008.
*****Lung cancer cases in men aged 40-59 dropped from 6,291 in 1979 to 2,695 in 2008, with a fall in incidence rates from 93 per 100,000 in 1979 to 35 per 100,000 in 2008. About Cancer Research UK
• Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research
• The charity’s groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
This work is funded entirely by the public.
• Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates double in the last forty years.
• Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
• Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to beat cancer.
• Race for Life is an amazing women-only series of events which takes place from May to July and raises millions every year for life-saving research into all cancers – helping men, women and children.
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