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Male cancer risk to increase to one in two

UK experts are predicting that male cancer risk will increase to 1 in 2; that is they will have a 1 in 2 chance of developing cancer in their lifetime.

The prediction increase of 50 in 100 is up from the current 44 in 100 and is largely owing to the fact that people are living longer.

Cancer Research UK say that age is the biggest cancer risk factor.

Male cancer types that are set to rise the most are bowel cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer (melanoma).

However, due to better screen and cancer treatment as well as medical advances, more men will survive cancer.

Male cancer survival rates have already doubled in the last 40 years.

Experts believe that with more research outcomes will continue to improve.

The expert researchers consisted of a team from Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine at Queen Mary, the University of London and Cancer Research UK.

They reached the figures by studying past cancer incidence and mortality rates along with projected population data for the UK.

By 2027, the team predicts that 416,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer, compared to 324,000 in 2010.

For male cancer, this will account for more than 221,000 compared to 164,000 in 2010.

Swain & Co.’s medical negligence solicitors say that the figures and predictions give a possible glimpse into the future needs of patients in the UK and what challenges our health service may face.

This type of information is helpful as it means that the health service can look at ways to meet these needs and it can focus awareness campaigns and screening.

The sooner that cancer is diagnosed the better, as the easier it can be treated.

When there is misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer this can result in more aggressive treatment being required and the chances of successful treatment are diminished.

If this misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis is due to medical negligence, people may be looking for answers.

As Swain & Co we are experienced in getting the answers you need, and where appropriate, the compensation you deserve for misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer.

We offer free initial advice and can act on a no win no fee basis; legal aid funding might also be available.

So call us for free on 0800 0351 999

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