Cancer rates on the rise

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CANCER rates in middle-aged men and women in Yorkshire have increased dramatically, according to new Cancer Research UK figures released today.

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.

In 1979, almost 20,000 men were diagnosed every year but latest figures show that almost 24,000 are now diagnosed annually.

The biggest increase is in middle-aged women, where rates have risen by more than 25 per cent in the same period. The increasing number of people being diagnosed with cancer is due in part to NHS breast and prostate screening. Lifestyle factors such as drinking, smoking and being overweight can also increase the risk.

But despite the increase, survival rates have doubled since the 1970s.