One out of every two men will develop cancer in their lifetime by 2027, new research shows.
This means 50 out of every 100 men are likely to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life within 15 years – up from 44 out of every 100 in 2010.
The cancers set to increase most over this period include prostate, bowel and melanoma.
Cancer Research UK figures also found women’s lifetime cancer risk is also increasing and is predicted to rise from 40 to 44 out of every 100 women by 2027.
As age is the biggest risk factor in cancer diagnoses, the increase in risk in developing the disease for both sexes has been attributed “largely” to more people living longer.
However, the overall chance of cancer survival is improving – doubling in the past 40 years thanks to better diagnostic equipment and improved treatments.
Dr Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said: “These figures provide a glimpse into the future. On the plus side our life expectancy is increasing but this also means more of us are likely to be diagnosed with cancer.
"It’s only through research that we will be able to beat cancer. We need to do more work to understand what drives cancer and how we can prevent it, as well as developing new treatments to reduce the number of people who will die from it.
“Understanding the biology of cancer is rather like completing a complex jigsaw puzzle. Many pieces have already fallen into place but we need more research before we can complete the picture. And thanks to the generosity of the public, our world class scientists are playing a leading role in beating this devastating disease.”