Number of cancer cases set to rise 30% by 2030 due to ageing population
Cancer is set to rocket in the UK with new cases rising 30 per cent by 2030, experts warned today.
The UK ranks 16th out of 27 countries in the European Union for the predicted rise in cases, according to the data published by the World Cancer Research Fund.
In 2030 there will be 396,000 new cases of cancer in the UK, estimates suggest, compared with 304,000 new cases in 2008 – a 30 per cent rise.
Research by the World Cancer Research Fund found that cancer cases in the UK could shoot up by 30 per cent by 2030
This data differs to figures released by Cancer Research UK in October, which predicted the number of new cancer cases in the UK could rise by 45 per cent between 2007 and 2030 to 432,000 a year.
The new league table of 27 EU member states is based on World Health Organisation estimates for new cancer cases in 2030 and leaves Ireland with the biggest predicted rise, at 72 per cent.
Cyprus comes second (55 per cent), followed by Luxembourg (53 per cent) and Malta (49 per cent).
The rises could be down to a number of factors, in particular an ageing population.
income countries also tend to have higher levels of obesity and alcohol
consumption and lower levels of exercise, which increase the risk of
Europe is expected to see a less steep rise in the number of people aged
65 or over, helping explain why these countries fall to the bottom of
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Dr Rachel Thompson, deputy head of science at the WCRF, said: 'We know people in high-income countries such as those in Western Europe are more likely to be overweight, to drink a lot and to be relatively inactive.
'There is strong evidence that these factors increase the risk of several common cancers.
'But many of these new cases could be prevented and lifestyle changes can make a real difference.
'In fact, scientists estimate that about a third of the most common cancers in the UK and other high income countries could be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, being more physically active and eating more healthily.
'Unfortunately, these figures are just as bad, if not worse, in non-European countries and the predicted increase in global cancer cases between 2008 and 2030 is 67 per cent – from 12.6 million to 21.2 million.
'This is due to an increase in the adult population as well as an ageing population.'
The figures were released to coincide with World Cancer Day on Saturday.