The rates of death from cancer are predicted to fall by 16.8% in the United Kingdom by 2030, according to new statistics released by Cancer Research UK.

For all cancers, adjusting for age, 170 people in every 100,000 died from the disease in 2010, but by 2030 it is predicted this will fall to 142 in every 100,000.  Survival rates are improved by earlier diagnosis and improved treatments, but also reflect a reduction in smoking-related cancers, leading to fewer deaths.

Ovarian cancer will see the biggest drop, with death rates expected to reduce by 42.6% – dropping from 9.1 women per 100,000 to 5.3 by 2030.

The figures also show that breast cancer in women, bowel and prostate cancer will have large reductions – falling by 28% for female breast cancer, 23% for bowel cancer and 16% for prostate cancer. 

Rates are expected to increase for oral cancer and liver cancer.

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