Saturday, August 30, 2003

Cancer is a disease of old age

The pie chart below shows the proportion of cancer cases for men in the UK by age group:


81 percent of cancers occur in men over the age of 60, 92 percent in men over 50. Less than half of all cancer is in men under the age of 70.

The pattern is slightly different for women. Breast and cervical cancers seem to start to rise at around the age of 35. Even so, 86 percent of cancers in women occur after the age of 50.

Here's a bar graph of the overall picture:


Cancer statistics by age, 2000, UK, Office of National Statistics

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