Half 'will get cancer in lifetime'

A report from Macmillan Cancer Support has forecast that the number of people in the UK who will get cancer during their lifetime will increase to nearly half the population by 2020.

Macmillan Cancer Support said the projected figure of 47% would put huge pressure on the NHS.

Yet those who do develop cancer will be less likely to die from the disease, the charity predicted.

The Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, Ciarán Devane, says that more needs to be done to support people after their treatment is finished.

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