Nearly a third of a million people are diagnosed with cancer every year, according to a UK charity.
Some 330,000 people were diagnosed with some form of the disease in 2011 – an increase of almost 50,000 per year over a decade. Researchers say an ageing population is one of the reasons for the increase.
Jessica Kirby from Cancer Research UK said: “People’s risk of cancer goes up significantly as we get older; the more older people we have in our population the more people will develop cancer.”
“There are other reasons for the rise as well; changes in risk factors for example. We know that more and more people are overweight compared to the past which is one of the key factors for cancers.”