SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Cancer Research UK said this estimate, using a new calculation method, replaced a forecast of more than one in three people developing the disease. The charity said longer life expectancies meant more people would be affected.
The figures indicated that nearly 54% of men will develop cancer, compared with just under 48% of women. Professor Peter Sasieni, from Queen Mary University of London, said: “There is quite a lot we can do to prevent cancer and hopefully in many years’ time I’ll have been proven completely wrong.”
He told the BBC that a healthy lifestyle could lower the lifetime risk from 50% to 30%.
Dr Harpal Kumar, the chief executive of Cancer Research UK, said: “We have reached what many would regard as an important milestone. We need to plan ahead to make sure the National Health Service is fit to cope, if the NHS doesn’t act and invest now, we will face a crisis in the future with outcomes from cancer going backwards.”