Cancer rates rising

March 7, 2012

Many people wonder whether cancer rates are really rising and, if so, whether this is due to an actual increase in the incidence of cancer or whether it is due rather to an increase in the availability and efficiency of methods for detecting cancer. According to this article from the BBC, commenting on data recently released by Cancer Research UK, there has definitely been an increase in cancer rates in the UK that go beyond what could be explained by better methods of detection. The CRUK says that the increase is due, not only to better screening, but also to lifestyle changes. It is interesting, astounding really, that there is no mention, at least in this article, of any contribution of environmental factors. According to the American Cancer Society, fully one half of men and one third of all women in the US will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

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