Oral cancer not among falling U.K. cancer death rates

The rates of people dying from cancer are predicted to decline by 17% in the U.K. by 2030, according to new statistics released by Cancer Research UK, a treatment, prevention, and research group.

For all cancers, adjusting for age, 170 people in every 100,000 died from the disease in 2010, but by 2030 it is predicted this will fall to 142 in every 100,000. This is largely due to better survival rates, thanks to earlier diagnosis and improved treatments, the organization noted, but it also reflects a reduction in smoking-related cancers leading to fewer deaths.

Some cancers will see an increase in death rates, however: 22% for oral cancer, from 2.9 to 3.5 per 100,000 people and 39% for liver cancer, from 4.2 to 5.9 per 100,000.

Ovarian cancer will see the biggest fall in people dying, with death rates expected to reduce by 43%, dropping from 9.1 to 5.3 women per 100,000 by 2030. The figures also show that breast cancer in women, bowel cancer, and prostate cancer will have huge reductions in the number of people in every 100,000 dying -- falling by 28% for female breast cancer, 23% for bowel cancer, and 16% for prostate cancer.

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