Scotland has very high female cancer rate

In Scotland, the rates of cancer are higher than the average for Britain in middle aged women, with new diagnoses averaging 10 per day says a new study. Cancer Research UK figures revealed that over 3,500 women from Scotland that were between the ages of 40 to 59 were diagnosed positive for cancer in 2008.

That is a rate of 476 for every 100,000 women compared to the combined rate of Wales, Scotland and England of only 459. All types of cancer were studied by the charity with the exception of non-melanoma cancer of the skin, and since the 1970s showed an increase of more than 1,000 new cases annually with over 2,500 diagnosed in 1979 between the ages 40 to 59.

Across Britain the cancer rates, per the study, had increased over the last 30 years close to 20% for middle aged women and men. The average number in 1979 of new cases was 44,000 with that number at 61,000 in 2008 an annual increase for cases for the year of more than 17,000.

The charity also pointed out that the survival rate from cancer victims since the 1970s had doubled. One of the reasons for more cancer diagnoses is in part due to the breast screening program the NHS has and for prostate cancer exams.

A spokesman for the charity, John Fyall noted that treatments for cancer have progressed tremendously since the 1970s and the survival rate has increased exponentially because of that. But he pointed out that a redoubling of efforts needs to be made so cancer survival becomes the norm and not the exception irrespective of the cancer or the age of the patient.

The charity is launching a new campaign of TV advertising using the stories of real people that have survived the disease in order to try a help with donations. A lady from Perth was an example used in the campaign.

In June of last year she was diagnosed with cancer of the ovaries. But because of new research and treatments she is a survivor and participated in her first Race for Life in order to give back.

She had surgery and then chemotherapy for six months and said she did not realize the number of women between 40 and 60 that have been and are being diagnosed with the disease. On the other hand she said by participating on Race for Life you also see how many of those diagnosed are actually surviving.