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Friday, 20th December 2013

Cancer Mortality in the UK in 2011

Source: Cancer Research UK


Cancer is responsible for more than one in four deaths in the UK. In 2011, there were around 159,000 deaths from cancer which equates to around 252 deaths for every 100,000 people. Mortality rates are significantly higher in males than in females for all cancers combined, and for nearly all of the common cancers that occur in both sexes. The highest mortality rates for all cancers combined in the UK are in Scotland, reflecting the country’s history of high smoking prevalence. Cancer deaths can occur at any age, but are most common in older people, as more than three-quarters of deaths from cancer are in people aged 65 and over, and over half are in those aged 75 and over.

Just four cancers - lung, bowel, breast and prostate - account for almost half of all cancer deaths in the UK. Lung cancer is by far the biggest killer accounting for around 35,200 deaths in 2011. More than four in five lung cancer deaths in the UK can be attributed to smoking. Mortality rates for all cancers combined have decreased in the last decade despite small increases in incidence, reflecting improvements in survival. Whilst the most common causes of cancer deaths (male lung, bowel, female breast and prostate cancers) have shown decreases in mortality in the last decade, other cancers (such as liver cancer) have shown large increases.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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