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Br J Cancer. 2008 Nov 4;99(9):1549-54. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6604710. Epub 2008 Oct 14.

Cancer mortality in the United Kingdom: projections to the year 2025.

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  • 1Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Cancer Research UK Centre for Epidemiology, Mathematics and Statistics, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6BQ, UK.


The purpose of this study was to project mortality rates in the United Kingdom for the period 2006-2025 for 21 major cancers on the basis of the observed trends in mortality rates during 1971-2005, and to estimate the implication in terms of expected deaths. Age-period-cohort models were applied to official statistics. The projected decrease in age-standardised mortality rates for all cancers from 2003 to 2023 was 17% in men and 16% in women. Future mortality rates were projected to decline for most cancer sites. In men, there were small projected increases in mortality rates from cancers of the oral cavity, oesophagus and melanoma, with a larger projected increase (14% over 20 years) in mortality of liver cancer. In women, the only projected increase (18%) was for corpus uteri. The numbers of deaths will increase for most cancers, with a 30% increase in all cancers projected for men and a 12% increase projected for women. Mortality rates from cancer as a whole have been falling in the United Kingdom since 1990, and this decline was projected to continue into the future as well as the declining rates in both sexes for most cancers. Actual numbers of deaths will increase for most cancers.

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