Cancer responsible for 40% of all premature deaths

October 26, 2017

Dr Julie Sharp, senior science information manager at Cancer Research UK, said: "Cancer is the disease that kills more people than any other major illness. Even though we have made tremendous progress in improving the chance of surviving the disease in the last 40 years - these figures serve as a reminder of the huge amount of work still left to do.

"We must redouble our efforts to ensure that our research continues to find new ways to improve and refine diagnosis and treatment so that cancer becomes a disease people live with rather than die from, irrespective of the type of cancer or their age.

"It is entirely due to the amazing generosity of the public that we are able to support the work of more than 4,000 dedicated doctors, nurses and scientists who continue to unlock the secrets of a disease that affects us all. As more and more people get cancer and the economy tightens, we need the public's support now more than ever."

Source: Cancer Research UK