According to newly released figures, the number of people diagnosed with cancer in Britain every year has reached a record high of nearly a third of a million.
More than 330,000 people were found to have the disease in 2011, whereas ten years ago only 283,000 were diagnosed, the Cancer Research UK said.
The charity said that the rates of diagnosis have increased by more than a third since the mid 1970s.
The rise is being attributed on a growing elderly population.
“As the population ages, more people than ever before will be told, ‘You have cancer,’” said chief executive Dr Harpal Kumar.
Prevention and diagnosis
Britain’s annual cancer diagnosis numbers rose 35% between 1975 and 2011, which is fuelled by increased alcohol consumption and weight gain.
Fortunately, with improvements in prevention, Cancer Research said the number of people surviving has doubled in the last 40 years.