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Cancer diagnosis rates on the rise in the United Kingdom, but so are survival rates

An article published in the UK newspaper The Guardian made breast cancer health news when it reported that diagnoses for the ailment in middle-aged persons has steadily been on the rise.

According to Cancer Research UK (CRUK), 17,000 extra cases of cancer in people between 40 and 59 years old have been diagnosed each year since 1979. Factors like advancement in screening techniques, drinking, smoking and obesity have contributed to the rise.

Men and women experienced different increases in cancer diagnosis. Approximately 24,000 women in this age group were diagnosed with cancer in 1979, and more than 36,000 were diagnosed in 2008. Twenty thousand middle-aged men were diagnosed with cancer in 1979, compared with 24,000 in 2008.

The senior science information manager of CRUK, Dr. Julie Sharp, told the source, "From the late 1970s onwards, there was a steady rise in breast cancer cases every year but, after screening began in 1988, there was a very dramatic increase, as previously undiagnosed cancer was detected."

According to CRUK, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United Kingdom. About 46,000 new cases of the disease are discovered among all age groups each year. Roughly eight out of 10 women with breast cancer survive beyond five years, thanks to improved treatments and advanced detection methods.
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