New Study Reveals That People Under 80 Will Stop Dying of Cancer By 2050


Cancer will kill almost no one under the age of 80 by 2050 due to continued
advances preventing and treating the disease, a major study has suggested.
The research by University College London was published, as experts said that a daily low-dose aspirin is the single most effective action to protect
against cancer.
Prof Jack Cuzick, who leads research into disease prevention, urged doctors to do
more to ensure patients were given advice to take “baby aspirin” for a
decade between the age of 50 and 65.
He cited research showing that such action reduces the chance of cancer, heart
attacks and strokes by between seven and nine per cent in 15 years and cut
overall death rates by four per cent in two decades.
The new study by University College London suggests that on current trends, by
2050, cancer will rarely kill anyone under the age of 80.
Dramatic improvement in cancer death rates in the UK in the last 20 years mean
that half of those who die from the disease are over the age of 75,
researchers said.
Author, Professor David Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Pharmaceutical and Public
Health Policy at the University Collerge London, said that within decades, it would become rare for cancer to
kill those in middle age.
“This is a projection of what is already happening,” he said. “Overall
age-standardised cancer deaths are down 20 per cent since about 1990.”
“What makes this a special point in history is that cancers are in the process
of becoming either preventable or effectively curable,” he said.
Taylor said that with the right positive actions – such as wider uptake
of aspirin, and more sophisticated tracking of prostate cancer –
improvements could accelerate further.
The report says: “It is realistic to expect by 2050 nearly all cancer related
deaths in children and adults aged up to (say) 80 years will have become
preventable through life style changes and because of the availability of
protective technologies and better pharmaceutical and other therapies.
Cuzick, director of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, said
not smoking and not putting on too much weight were both effective ways to
reduce the chance of cancer – but he said taking a daily 75g aspirin was the
best positive step to lower their risk of the disease.
Experts have argued over the benefits of aspirin versus its risks, because the
drug can increase the risk of stomach bleeding and ulcers.
But Cuzick said the recent study found that aspirin saved 17 lives for
each death caused.
Anyone at high risk of bleeding should talk to their doctor first, experts said
including those on blood thinning drugs, with diabetes or smokers.
Cancer experts said preventing cancer and diagnosing it early was crucial to

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