Scottish cancer cases to rise "50%"

In collaboration with the Press Association

A report has predicted that the annual number of new cancer cases in Scotland will rise 50 per cent by 2015 compared to figures in the late 1990's.

The report, compiled for the Scottish radiotherapy services, said that an ageing population would cause the bulk of the increase, but added that rising obesity and sunbathing would also play a part.

Overall, the report predicted 31,437 new cases of cancer every year by 2011, compared to 26,441 every year between 1996 and 2000.

Malignant melanoma diagnoses will rise to over 1,000 every year, compared to 662 at the beginning of the millennium, and bowel cancer cases will rise by 1,000 a year.

Breast cancer is predicted to rise by 23 per cent. Lung cancer and cancer of the cervix are predicted to decline, however.

"There is not going to be a sudden increase, it is going to be gradual and we are planning for it that way . . . we will be able to cope with a gradual increase," said Professor Alan Roger of the Scottish Radiotherapy Advisory Group.