London: Believe it or not, a large number of Britons are living with cancer.
According to the first ever “cancer map” of the UK, there are two million people with a cancer diagnosis and the number is set to soar as survival rates of people diagnosed with the disease improve further.
In fact, the number is increasing by 3.2 percent every year and is likely to rise in the future with continued improvements in treatment, early detection and an ageing population, the Daily Express reported.
The figures, launched by Macmillan Cancer Support, who compiled the map, also show a small variation across the UK in the number of people alive after a cancer diagnosis in the last one, five and ten years.
For all cancers, Dorset has the highest proportion of people living with and beyond cancer, while the lowest proportion of people living with cancer was found in west and north east London.
Figures show the most prevalent men’s cancer is prostate and in females it is breast cancer. Female breast cancer accounted for 48 percent of female cancer prevalence (296,000 women) in those who had been diagnosed with cancer up to ten years ago.
Prostate cancer accounted for 36 percent of male cancer prevalence (181,000 men). The least prevalent cancer is lung cancer, a fact which reflects its low survival rate.
Colorectal cancer was the second most prevalent cancer in males (15 percent) and females (10 percent), affecting around 144,000 people. Lung cancer accounts for a very small proportion (3-4 percent) of ten-year cancer prevalence, with about 38,000 people.
Ciaran Devane, the chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “These new statistics show that cancer is no longer necessarily a death sentence. One in ten people over 65 are now living with a diagnosis of cancer.”