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Official Study: You're More Likely To Get Cancer Than Start A Family

analysis conducted by Macmillan Cancer Support

By: Daniel Newton  |@NeonNettle
 on 10th July 2017 @ 4.04pm
getting cancer is now more common than starting a family  having a baby or getting married © press
Getting cancer is now more common than starting a family, having a baby or getting married

Getting cancer is now more common than starting a family, having a baby or getting married according to a new study.

The analysis conducted by Macmillan Cancer Support revealed that there were 361,216 cancers diagnosed in 2014 in the UK alone, the recent figures compared to the 289,841 marriages.

The cancer epidemic is now so bad that it is also as common as graduating from university and even more common than a woman having her first baby.

According to statistic, there were 271,050 babies born to first-time mothers in the UK in 2015 compares with the 319,011 new cases of cancer.

The worrying data also revealed that over the last 10 years, more than 1.2 million people have been diagnosed with cancer under the age of 65.

So why are so many people developing cancer? Well, according to the Credit Suisse Research Institute's study, one factor is excessive amounts of sugar in our diets could be one of the reasons.

The Telegraph reports: This includes 343,000 people in the UK who were diagnosed with cancer in their 20s, 30s or 40s between 2006 and 2015.

Lynda Thomas, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "Being told you have cancer changes your life, and it can leave people feeling as if they've been thrust into the unknown, bewildered and unprepared.

"But as more and more people are being diagnosed with cancer, it's important that we are all better informed about what to expect if we do one day receive this shocking news.

"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."

Research among more than 2,000 people for the charity also showed that cancer is the disease people feared the most (37 per cent), ahead of Alzheimer's disease (27 per cent), stroke (7 per cent), depression (4 per cent), heart disease (4 per cent) or multiple sclerosis (2 per cent).

And for one in 10 people in the UK (10 per cent), cancer is their biggest fear of all, ahead of losing a loved one, their own death or terrorism.

Projections suggest that around half of people will develop cancer at some point in their lives.

However, 90 per cent of people living with cancer surveyed by Macmillan said they were still living their lives as normally as they could.

Jane Ives, 49, a mum of two from Hampshire, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, sais: “Getting a diagnosis of cancer was probably the single most terrifying thing that has happened to me.

"My biggest fear by far was not seeing my children fully grow up. Not being there for those milestones in their lives – their graduations, their weddings maybe.

"While the fear never quite leaves you – you realise life goes on after cancer and you appreciate the here and now.”

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