The news that cancer is growing faster in Europe than anywhere else, and that it is also on the rise in the UK is not only an indictment of how the country has handled the issue for decades but also a stark warning that the world is in trouble.
The number of new cancer cases is expected to reach 7.6 million in 2030, the highest on record and the biggest increase since 1991, according to the World Health Organization.
And the average age of cancer patients has increased by 15 years, from 64 in 1991 to 72 in 2030.
But in Britain, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show the rate of new cases has remained relatively stable since 2011.
There were 3,077 new cancer deaths last year, the lowest in more than a decade, the ONS said.
More than half the new cancer patients in the country were women, compared to 40 per cent in the US and 43 per cent globally.
The ONS is the official statistician of the UK, which has become a major centre for research into cancer treatments, diagnosis and treatment.
Its figures have been used by politicians and industry figures to warn of the dangers of a lack of progress in the treatment of cancer.
But they have also been criticised for being incomplete, with some suggesting that they are too quick to blame patients and others saying that they were misleading.
“There’s an assumption that all cancers have a cause and that there’s a causal relationship,” said Andrew Fennelly, an expert on cancer at the University of Sheffield.
“But if you have cancer, you have an opportunity to treat it, you may have to have a bone marrow transplant, but it’s unlikely that will happen.
So what we’re seeing is the opposite, where people are blaming people rather than the problem.”
We’ve seen a massive increase in the number of people dying from cancer, it’s the biggest and fastest growth rate on record.
“In Britain, about half of all cancer deaths occur among women aged between 50 and 59, with a quarter of all new cases being among those aged 50 to 59.
More women than men are dying from the disease in England, according the ONT figures, with the proportion of people aged 40 to 49 having the highest number of cancer deaths, at 11 per cent.
In the US, there are no national figures for the age-adjusted death rate, but the CDC says the rate is rising and is expected rise further in the next five years.
In Britain the increase in cancer deaths is being attributed to people taking more drugs, particularly the newer chemotherapy drugs.”
It is very likely that the cancer drugs we have been using in the last decade are causing this trend,” said Dr Tom Chivers, head of cancer drugs at the US National Cancer Institute.”
More people have been taking them, and more people are on them.
It is an area where there is much more emphasis on prevention.
“The ONT says the trend has been driven in part by the use of newer, more powerful drugs, which have made a significant dent in the growth of cancer cases and deaths.
Its latest report, released on Tuesday, said that while the drugs used in chemotherapy are improving, they are still not catching up with the rapid growth of other cancer treatments.”
As the use and efficiency of drugs have increased, so have the number and intensity of cancer-related deaths,” it said.”
The cancer-causing drug-resistant genes that have developed to resist newer treatments are now being found in patients who have used the most advanced drugs and are most at risk of developing cancer.
“In the UK alone, there were 4.7 million new cancer diagnoses last year.