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Cancer death rate falls nationally over last decade

According to figures published today, the mortality rates among cancer patients aged 75 and under have fallen steadily over the past decade.

The figures, published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that while across England cancer has remained the top cause of death among under-75s, during the last ten years the death rate in this age group has fallen by 14.7%.

For every 100,000 people in England aged 74 and younger, 142 died from cancer in 2013 compared to 166 in 2003.

The report also shows that there are discrepancies between regional areas with regards to mortality in cancer patients. Out of the 326 local authority's used in the report, the death rate from cancer among under-75s fell in 298 area and it rose in 24.

The largest fall in the death rate over the decade was 39.1% at Spelthorne in the South West region. The largest increase was 29.5% which was observed in Copeland in the North West of England.

For both men and women the first and second common forms of terminal cancer were those of the digestive organs and the respiratory and intrathoracic organs, although there were more men dying of these cancers than women.

For men the third most common form was cancers of the genital organs with a mortality rate of  2,381 in 2013 whereas for women, the third most common cancer was breast cancer. In 2013 5,810 died from the condition.