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Most Commonly Diagnosed Types of Cancer in the United Kingdom


Updated November 23, 2005

United Kingdom - Most Common Types of Cancer

Each year in the United Kingdom, 740 people are diagnosed with cancer. More than 1 in 3 people in the UK will be diagnosed with some type of cancer in their lifetime. Those are statistics to pay attention to!

Top 10 Most Commonly Diagnosed Cancers in the UK

1. Lung Cancer
Worldwide, lung cancer is generally one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers and responsible for many deaths. Lung cancer is difficult to diagnose early, and many times more difficult to treat. Avoid the risk factors for lung cancer and recognizing the symptoms are a good place to start to prevent lung cancer.

2. Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer among women and the most common form of cancer in the UK. 1 out of every 9 women will develop the disease. Over 40,000 women are diagnosed each year in the United Kingdom. Breast cancer may be detected early with monthly self breast exams, clinical breast exams and mammograms. There are many ways to prevent breast cancer and knowing the symptoms can help also.

3. Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is a disease that affects the prostate gland, which is found only in men. The gland is the size of a walnut and is located beneath the bladder and underneath the rectum. Each year, 30,000 men are diagnosed in the UK and 10,000 will die from the disease. Screening tests like the PSA and the DRE are available to hopefully detect prostate cancer early. Knowing the symptoms can greatly help also.

4. Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer is a disease that affects the ovaries in the female reproductive system. It is the 4th most common cancer among women in the UK. About 6900 women are diagnosed each year. Ovarian cancer is often difficult to diagnose early, so avoiding the risk factors and knowing the symptoms is essential for women.

5. Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer is common in the UK, with 7,000 new cases each year. Pancreatic cancer is difficult to detect because the symptoms are very similiar to that of many other illnesses. It also is difficult to treat.

6. Bladder Cancer
Bladder cancer is very treatable when detected early. Avoiding the risk factors, knowing the symptoms and reporting anything usnusual to your doctor is a essential for prevention.

7. Stomach Cancer
Many times, stomach cancer does not present any symptoms in the early stages. It is so important to talk about any symptoms or discomforts you are experiencing early on.

8. Bowel Cancer
Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK. It is also called colon cancer, rectal cancer, or colorectal cancer. It is extremely important to report any bowel cancer symptoms to your doctor.

9. Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK. It is one of the most preventable types of cancer. Most types of skin cancer are easy to treat, with one exception - melanoma. Melanoma can be a deadly form of skin cancer.

10. Oesophageal Cancer
Oesophageal cancer affects the the oesphagus, a tube that links our mouth to our stomach. Heavy drinkers and smokers have a higher risk for developing the disease. The most commonly reported symptoms is difficulty swallowing.

Created on 11/24/05
Source: British Broadcasting Network - http://www.bbc.co.uk
Cancer Research UK http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/
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