Cancer risk for men rises from one to two

The risk of cancer especially among men in United Kingdom is going to increase to 50 out of 100 or about half of the men have the risk of developing cancer during his lifetime by 2027. The Cancer Research UK released these figures on Wednesday that shows that in the next fifteen years about half of the men in the United Kingdom will be diagnosed with cancer at some point of their lives during their lifetime compared with 44 out of 100 in 2010. During the year 2010, around 164,000 were diagnosed with the disease of cancer and this figure is likely to increase to about 194,000 in the next 15 years.

The researchers consisting of a team from the Wolfson Institute of Prevention Medicine at Queen Mary, University of London reached their predictions or figures by looking at the past cancer incidences and mortality rates and projected data for the United Kingdom. The researchers also predicted that there will more than 194,000 women diagnosed with cancer in 2027 compared with 160,000 in 2010 that would mean that a women’s chance of developing cancer during her lifetime would be in the range of 44 in 100  up from 40 in 100. The cancers that are set to increase the most are related to bowel, prostrate and skin cancer. Age is the biggest risk factor in developing cancer as living longer means a high risk of developing cancer and in the United Kingdom like in any other developed nation more people are reaching an age where they are more likely to develop cancer.

Experts opine that prostate cancer remains a huge challenge as cases related with prostate cancer are growing and there is no exact or reliable way to determine or identify those prostate cancer cases that are life threatening. In the United Kingdom, over the last forty years the incidences of prostate cancer has increased three fold and about three quarters of the cases are diagnosed in men who are over 65 years old. The challenge for specialists is getting men to turn up for cancer screening even when a good test for it exists and men tend to at a greater risk of developing bowel cancer than women, even though relatively fewer men than women go for screening for this type of cancer.

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