Published: Sat, February 04, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Cancer rates in women rising six times faster than men

Cancer rates in women rising six times faster than men

A study from the charity predicts that a rise of 0.5 per cent in cases for men and three per cent for women by 2035, meaning around 4.5 million women and 4.8 million men will be diagnosed with the disease over the next two decades.

Cancer Research UK figures show that cases of breast cancer are expected to rise from 54,833 in 2014 to 71,022 in 2035.

Results of a multicenter study of 129 women with advanced breast cancer show that a blood test that spots cancer-linked DNA correctly predicted that most of those patients with higher levels of the tumor markers died significantly earlier than those with lower levels.

The UK is getting fatter, with more than one in four adults now obese - compared to just one in 35 in the 70s. On the other hand, cancers that only affect men are not thought to be influenced by excess body fat.

Ovarian cancer cases will jump from 7,367 to 10,500, while lung cancer cases will go up from 21,633 to 29,957.

Dr Nicholas Turner, team leader in Molecular Oncology at ICR and consultant medical oncologist at The Royal Marsden, said: "Palbociclib is one of the most important advances in treating the most common type of breast cancer in 20 years". So in regard to breast cancer, it's likely safe to have a glass of wine (two units of alcohol) every three days, as this amount doesn't seem to be linked to an increased risk of new or recurrent breast cancer.

Widespread smoking among women happened later than men and smoking continues to have a big impact on the number of cases diagnosed each year. This means the impact of smoking on women and their risk of lung cancer is being felt keenly now.

This could indicate lung cancer.

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"Taking regular exercise and avoiding too many treats is a good way to reduce your risk".

Sarah Toule, of the World Cancer Research Fund, added: 'Our evidence shows that around a third of the most common cancer cases could be prevented if people were a healthy weight, had a healthier diet and were more active.

Cases of breast cancer are expected to rise from 54,800 in 2014 to more than 71,000 in 2035, while ovarian cancer cases could jump from nearly 7,400 to 10,500. This can increase the risk of some types of cancer. These numbers wouldn't be so significant if ovarian cancer got the attention it deserves'.

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".

"Palbociclib could benefit a large proportion of metastatic breast cancer patients and may even be the closest thing these women would have to a cure in their lifetime".

But drug rationing watchdog NICE last night published a draft decision rejecting the pill because of its £38,350-a-year cost.

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