Figures from Cancer Research UK indicate that the number of cancer related deaths for people in their 50s is at an all time low.
For people between 50 and 59 years of age, the number of cancer related deaths has fallen by 40% in the past 40 years. In the early 70’s there were more than 21,000 cancer deaths for people in this age group every year. This figure has now fallen below 14,000 for the first time.
Stomach cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, testicular cancer and lung cancer have recorded the biggest falls in cancer deaths in middle aged men. For women, the biggest falls have been in cervical cancer, stomach cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and bowel cancer.
Cancer Research UK believe that a combination of factors such as falling numbers of smokers, better cancer screening, earlier diagnosis, and better treatment has helped to bring the number of people dying from cancer down.
Experts warn that there is still a long way to go in the fight against cancer. Many suggest that around half of all cancers are related to lifestyle.
Whilst smoking rates have been falling, tobacco is still responsible for about a fifth of all cancers and remains the biggest cause. Other factors such as obesity, alcohol consumption and poor diet are also big factors and contribute to around a tenth of all cancer cases. Factors such as job and environmental conditions and sunbed use also contribute to cancer risk.