British cancer death rates fell by 12% between 1972 and 2002

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 05 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:303
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

More people than ever in Britain are surviving cancer thanks largely to changes in lifestyle, screening services, earlier diagnoses, and prompt treatments, the latest figures have shown. Death rates have been falling while the incidence has been increasing.

Figures from Cancer Research UK show that the death rate for people dying from cancer in the United Kingdom fell by 12% between 1972 and 2002, although the rate of decrease in men is three times the rate in women (18% v 6%). …

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