Cancer rates soar in women compared to men

13 July 2015

According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), cancer rates in women have increased at nearly three times the rate of men in the last 10 years.

Incidences of cancer rose by 8.3% in women, compared with 2.8% in men. The total number of new cases for females has risen by 93% since 1973.

The ONS said differences could be due to a number of factors, such as levels of deprivation and lifestyle behaviors such as smoking.

A spokesperson for Macmillan Cancer Support stated that ‘the rising numbers of cancer patients poses a huge challenge for the NHS as it will not be able to cope with the surge in demand on its services unless it puts the necessary plans and resources in place now.’

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