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Keeping up with cancer

Britain has some of the worst cancer survival rates in Europe, says Karol Sikora. But treatments to contain the disease are improving

By Karol Sikora   February 2012

A breast cancer cell (in pink) seen through an electron microscope; around it is an artist’s rendition of the molecules of the drug Herceptin

On each working day of this year, over 1,000 people in Britain will be told for the first time that they have cancer. More than one in three of us will get the disease and the incidence is rising dramatically as our population ages. Cancer predominantly affects the over-60s, although it can strike at any age and there are more over-65s in the world today than ever before. An ageing population means that the incidence of…

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