Cancer Research

Lifetime risk of cancer goes up

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Science  13 Feb 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6223, pp. 733
DOI: 10.1126/science.347.6223.733-h

More than 50% of people born in the U.K. since 1960 will develop cancer in their lifetimes, finds a new study. Combining actual cancer rates from 1951 to 2012 with projected rates for 2013 through 2060, Ahmad et al. estimated lifetime risks for men and women born in 1930 with those for men and women born from 1931 to 1960. For men, the risk increased from 38.5% for those born in 1930 to 53.5% for those born in 1960; for women, risk increased from 36.7% to 47.5%. Increasing life expectancy was the primary reason for the risk increase.

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