National Physical Laboratory

Insights Issue 10

Cancer research

This edition of Insights focuses on cancer research.

One in two people born in the UK after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime. There are around 330,000 new cancer diagnoses every year, a number which has been growing by around 2% per annum.

Whilst the UK has amongst the lowest age-standardised cancer incidence rates of rich countries, it has one of the highest mortality rates; meaning that fewer people in the UK survive a diagnosis of cancer than should.

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