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Cancer - the facts

  • 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime
  • Around half of cancer diagnosis are of the most common cancers – breast, lung, prostate, colorectal
  • Cancer is the biggest cause of death from illness or disease in every age group
  • Death from cancer is significantly higher in men than women
  • Prostate is the most common cancer for men and breast cancer for women
  • Cancer survival is at its highest ever
  • More than half of people receiving a cancer diagnosis will now live 10 years or more
  • Late diagnosis is one of the major reasons people don’t recover from cancer – it is so important to get things checked early
  • Delays in diagnosis and treatment can lead to avoidable deaths and considerable anxiety for patients and their families
  • More than 4 in 10 cases of cancer are caused by aspects of our lifestyle which we have the ability to change