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Fears over soaring cancer cases

The number of people diagnosed with cancer has risen by almost 40 per cent in two decades, experts have said, amid warnings that the NHS is struggling to cope with soaring numbers of cases. New analysis from Macmillan Cancer Support suggests that in 2016, more than 360,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with the disease – the equivalent to the entire population of Cardiff being diagnosed. The figure – a 37 per cent rise from 1996 – means more than 1,000 diagnoses are being made each day. The increases are largely due to people living longer, and being more likely to develop cancer, as well as improvements detecting the disease.

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