The new figures have been released in support of Stand Up To Cancer, a fundraising partnership made between Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK.
Experts predict that as people stop smoking and diagnostic and treatment methods improve over the coming years, less people will die from the biggest cancer killers, including breast, bowel, lung and prostate.
Ovarian cancer will see the biggest decline in numbers of patients dying, a number that is expected to fall by 42.6% by 2030. Incidence of the disease is also expected to fall from 9.1 women per 100,000, to 5.3 women per 100,000.
Deaths from breast cancer are expected to fall by 28%, from bowel cancer by 23%, and from prostate cancer by 16%.
However, experts fear that some forms of cancer may become more prevalent. The death rate for oral cancer for instance is expected to rise by a significant 22%, with incidence rising from 2.9 to 3.5 per 100,000 people. Liver cancer, too, is expected to see a rise from 4.2 to 5.9 per 100,000 people, with the death rate increasing by 39%.
Experts attribute these increases to extended life expectancy: as people live longer into old age they will inevitably have a greater chance of developing and dying from cancer. Overall, however, the rate of people dying from cancer is expected to drop significantly.
Dr Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said: “These new figures are encouraging and highlight the huge progress we’re making. Research across many areas is having real impact. But we know there’s still so much more to do if we are to reach a day when no one dies prematurely from cancer.”
Cancer Research UK relies on the public’s generosity to drive progress. Donations help turn lab discoveries into clinical trials and, in turn, develop clinical trials into pioneering treatments.
The Stand Up To Cancer campaign will culminate with a live entertainment show aired on Channel 4 on Friday October 19.
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