Cancer risk to rise to one in two by 2027

The risk of a man developing cancer in his lifetime will have reached one in two by 2027, according to charity Cancer Research UK.

This means that within 15 years, 50 men out of every 100 are likely to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime, as opposed to 44 out of every 100 in 2010, it added. The risk of a woman developing cancer in her lifetime will also have increased, from 40 to 44 out of every 100 women by 2027.

But the charity stressed that set against this is the fact that cancer survival has doubled in the past 40 years – so while the risk of being diagnosed is rising, the overall chances of surviving cancer will continue to improve.

Cancers set to increase most in the next 15 years include prostate, bowel and melanoma.

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