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Prostate cancer kills more people than breast cancer in UK

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Health Desk: 03 February 2018: A man dies from prostate cancer every 45 minutes in the UK, with the disease overtaking breast cancer to become the third biggest cancer killer in the UK, new research shows.

According to Prostate Cancer UK, the number of men dying from the disease has overtaken the number of women dying from breast cancer, with 11,819 men now killed by prostate cancer in the UK every year, compared with 11,442 women from breast cancer.

However, lung cancer and then bowel cancer are the two most common cancers to die from in Britain.

While the number of women dying from breast cancer has steadily been decreasing since 1999, the same is not true for prostate cancer.

Despite prostate cancer overtaking breast cancer to become the third biggest cancer killer, the shift does not represent a worsening situation for those with the disease.

Men diagnosed today are two-and-a-half times more likely to live for 10 years or more than if they were diagnosed in 1990.

Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK Angela Culhane praised as "incredibly encouraging... the tremendous progress that has been made in breast cancer over recent years", but added that "with half the investment and half the research it's not surprising that progress in prostate cancer is lagging behind.

"However, the good news is that many of these developments could be applied to prostate cancer and we're confident that with the right funding, we can dramatically reduce deaths within the next decade."