Cancer Diagnosis Statistics
Cancer Research UK released a series of figures last week that show that the number of people being diagnosed with cancer has increased to 330,000 people a year. The figures, taken from the Office of National Statistics release in June 2013, shows the occurrence of cancer up to 2011 – when data was last made available. The statistics show that there has been an increase of around 50,000 people a year in the ten years since 2001 and that while more people are being diagnosed there has been a significant increase in survival rates.
These figures underline the invaluable role research plays in beating cancer. Despite the increase in cancer diagnosis, caused by an ageing population as well as lifestyle factors such as an increase in alcohol use and obesity, survival rates have increased because of the breakthroughs in treatment that research has uncovered. 23 percent of cancer patients survived ten years in the 1970s, climbing to around 46 per cent in 2007 and this is largely down to research.
Brain Tumour Research has always maintained that research is the best way to improve the survival rates. We hope that both Government and the NHS recognise the need for more research funding into rarer cancers and match our ambition to see a cure for brain tumours.