Fewer UK patients dying from cancer

The rate of cancer deaths has decreased, the Office of National Statistics said

The rate of cancer deaths has decreased, the Office of National Statistics said

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Fewer people are dying from cancer despite an increase in the numbers being diagnosed, figures show.

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show 431 men in every 100,000 were diagnosed with cancer in the UK between 2008 and 2010 - a rise from 403 between 2001 and 2003.

However, the rate of cancer deaths decreased. Between 2001 and 2003, the mortality rate was 229 per 100,000 males, which decreased to 204 in 2008-10.

A similar pattern was found with women. In 2008-10 the cancer diagnosis rate stood at 375 per 100,000 women, an increase from 342 in 2001-03, while, there were 149 deaths per 100,000 - a fall from 160 in 2001-03.

The ONS data shows that the highest death rates were in Scotland - around 15% higher than the UK average for men and women.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was committed to improving cancer survival rates, adding: "It is encouraging to see figures moving in the right direction with overall deaths falling, but there is more we can to make sure that our cancer services are world-class and that NHS patients receive the best treatment available."

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