According to recent studies, getting sick with cancer is now more common in our brave new world than having a first baby or getting married. Judging from an analysis performed by UK’s Macmillan Cancer Support, there were 289,841 marriages in England vs 361,216 cancers diagnosed as per 2014 figures.
Cancer cases are skyrocketing, and now they’re just as common as, let’s say graduating from university and more common than having a first baby. First time mothers gave birth to 271,050 children in Wales and England in 2015 vs 319,011 new patients diagnosed with cancer. During the past ten years, over 1.2 million people under the age of 65 were diagnosed with cancer in the UK alone.
Annual deaths from cancer stand at 161,823, while 352,197 get diagnosed with cancer every year and these are UK numbers only. Between 2006 and 2015, 343.000 people were diagnosed with cancer, and we’re talking about folks in their 20s-40s. According to statistics, cancer is the one disease people fear the most, with 37% of the surveyed saying that cancer is their biggest fear with regard to chronic disease, well ahead of Alzheimer and stroke. Ten percent of UK citizens fear cancer the most of all things, i.e. getting diagnosed with cancer is way more terrifying than one’s own death, terrorism or losing a spouse or a loved one. Scientific estimates suggest that around half of the people in the Western world will develop cancer at some point in their lives.
You begin to wonder if this is more a case of over diagnosis and dealing with things that are really benign and might just go away by themselves if they had not been spotted. Just like diagnosing children with ADD. who are really just very active, or children who should be left alone to be tomboys to sort it out for themselves when their hormones actually kick in, instead of rushing them off to have therapy or worse, surgery.
On a funnier note, I must add that cancer may be more common than marriage, but marriage takes away more life.
Source: Cancer Research UK