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Channel 5 News Risk of getting cancer increases, but survival rates improve

Image Risk of getting cancer increases, but survival rates improve

As experts warn we now have a 1 in 2 chance of getting cancer, Channel Five News spoke to health expert Julia Manning, Chief Executive of 2020health and cancer awareness campaigner Lynn Faulds Wood. The rise is due to improved healthcare and longer life expectancy - more people are surviving into old age, when cancer is more common. But Cancer Research chief executive Harpal Kumar also said that more than four in ten cancers could be prevented by changes in lifestyle. He also called on “adequate funding” to make sure the NHS can deal with “the growing burden of cancer”. Cancer survival, meanwhile, has doubled over the last 40 years and around half of patients now survive the disease for more than 10 years.