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More new cancer cases than marriages

11 July 2017 09:39

More people were diagnosed with cancer than got married over the course of a year

More people were diagnosed with cancer than got married over the course of a year

More people are diagnosed with cancer than those who are getting married each year, new research suggests.

Macmillan Cancer Support looked at the official data for the number of cancer diagnoses in 2014, and compared that to the number of registered marriages.

It found there were 361,216 cancers diagnosed in the UK compared to 289,841 marriages.

More cancers than key life events

And it wasn't just marriages, cancer diagnoses were higher in number than other key life events.

When it came to starting a family, there was a higher number of cancer diagnoses than that of women having their first baby in England and Wales.

Living their lives

Cancer is more feared than Alzheimer's or heart disease, according to the survey. Yet despite this the vast majority of people (90%) who have been diagnosed tend to carry on with their life as normally as possible.

This could include taking a holiday with family or friends. People with cancer can arrange specialist medical travel insurance for added peace of mind.

What the experts say

Lynda Thomas, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: " Cancer is almost always life-changing, but it isn't always life-ending.

"Life with cancer is still life - you're still a dad, a sister, a grandparent, a friend.

"Macmillan has supported millions from the point of diagnosis, throughout their treatment and into the future. From our experience, we believe that living well with cancer begins at diagnosis.

"People should come away from those first appointments feeling informed about their choices and knowing what support is available."