Published in Cancer Weekly, January 21st, 2003
Latest figures show that there were 268,000 cases diagnosed in 1999, 5000 more than in the previous year and 12,000 more than 5 years previously. Breast cancer showed the biggest increase in number of cases - with 5300 extra cases over 5 years - but there were also big jumps in prostate and male bowel cancer.
Much of the increase is likely to be a result of people living longer, but experts are also worried that prevention messages are not getting across.
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