18.1.04

Cancerous Britain?

Hit Spiked-Online's "Don't Panic" button for some common sense on the so-called cancer epidemic

Cancer cases might be at an all-time high in the UK, but that is, paradoxically, the result of increased longevity: "Cancer mainly affects older people, and as our population ages we are inevitably seeing more cases." Not to mention increased detection rates: "More cancers are getting caught earlier, which improves the chances of successful treatment. While the incidence rates have been rising steadily since the 1970s, the death rates have been declining". The article brings some badly needed rationality to the debate on pollution and its effect on health.

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