Number of cancer deaths falling

In collaboration with the Press Association

New figures from the Department of Health have revealed that the number of people below the age of 75 dying from cancer has fallen by 15.7 per cent in the last ten years.

The figures, based on recent data from the Office for National Statistics, have reassured the Department that the UK is on track to meet its target of reducing cancer death rates by at least 20 per cent by 2010.

The new figures equate to over 50,000 lives saved from deaths due to cancer.

Professor Alex Markham, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, welcomed the figures and said a large part of the reduction was due to the fact that fewer people were dying from smoking related cancers.

He added: "Research from organisations such as Cancer Research UK into improved medicines, better screening techniques and new treatment technologies are all helping to reduce the number of people dying from cancer.

"Continued investment in the UK's world class research is vital if we're to continue reducing the impact that cancer has on the lives of so many people."