Cancer rates in women ‘to rise faster than in men’

A new study has revealed that cancer rates will rise nearly six times faster in women than in men over the next 20 years.

According to Cancer Research UK, it is predicted that UK cancer rates will increase by roughly 0.5 per cent for men and by approximately three per cent for women. This means that by 2035, an estimated 4.5 million women and 4.8 million men will be diagnosed with cancer.

Cancer Research UK pointed to smoking and obesity as part of the reason for the faster rising rates for women. This is because several obesity-related cancer types only affect women. The organisation also explained that historically women took up smoking later than men and that smoking continues to have a big effect on the number of cancer cases diagnosed each year.

Sir Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK chief executive, said: “The latest figures show that more than eight million people die from cancer each year across the world. More people die from cancer than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis put together.

“With more investment into research, we hope to make big improvements over the next 20 years in diagnosing the disease earlier and improving and developing treatments so that by 2034, three in four people will survive their disease.”ADNFCR-2094-ID-801831996-ADNFCR