Statistics office says 300,000 people diagnosed with cancer in England in 2014

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  –  British Office for National Statistics (ONS) Friday said 300,000 people were diagnosed with cancer in England in 2014.

Office stated in its report issued in that figure of cancer in England was 296,863, an increase of over 4,000 compared to previous year.

The ONS figure showed slightly more males than were affected by cancers, with the majority of cancer sites showing more males than females.

The most common cancers reported were breast (15.6 per cent), prostate (13.4 per cent), lung (12.6 per cent) and colorectal (11.5 per cent).

The ONS stated that those continued to account for over half of all malignant cancer registrations in England for all ages combined.

“Cancer is a of the elderly, as approximately 12 per cent of the are aged 70 and above and account for 50.2 per cent of the total cancers registered in 2014,’’ ONS said.

noted that a total of 46,417 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in 2014, accounting for 31.6 per cent of all cancers in .

In , prostate cancer was the most common, with 39,741 cases registered, accounting for 26.3 per cent of male cancer registrations.

ONS said the second most common cancer for both males and females was lung cancer.

“In 2014, there were 37,453 (20,127 males and 17,326 females) cases of lung cancer registered in England.

“Lung cancer accounted for 13.3 per cent of cancers in males and 11.9 per cent of female cancers.

“During the early 1970s to 1980s, smoking prevalence fell among males and increased among females,’’ said.

ONS said recent figures suggested that 80 per cent of from trachea, lung and bronchus cancer were attributed to smoking.

“Today’s figures also show that the East of England has the highest levels of cancers, followed by the neighbouring West.

Report has the lowest rate among its .

According to ONS, means cancer rates among people in the East are almost 10 per cent higher than in London.

Cancer occurring in children, teenagers, and young adults (aged 0 to 24) accounted for just 1.1 per cent of the total cancer registrations. (Xinhua/NAN)