A recent study by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine found that the United States ranked dead last out of 17 affluent countries in terms of overall health, and the continuing cancer epidemic is a big part of the reason why.
Another country on the list, Great Britain, ranked fairly close to the United States in death rate per 100,000 citizens as of 2008, and it now has yet another not-so-encouraging statistic to contend with: incredibly high cancer rates that are actually outpacing the rates of getting married and having a first baby, according to new research.
Getting Cancer Now More Common Than Family Life in the UK
According to multiple reports from major news outlets including this one from The Telegraph, developing cancer is now more common than getting married or having a first baby.
The analysis, done by the Macmillan Cancer Support organization, showed that there were 361,216 cancers diagnosed in 2014 in the UK compared with 289,841 marriages.
Also according to 2015 statistics, 271,050 babies were born to first-time mothers in England and Wales, compared to 319,011 new cases of cancer, the article also showed.
The rates of cancer are also as common as graduating from university.
More than 1.2 million people under the age of 65 have been diagnosed with cancer in the past decade, the article continued, wih those in their 20s, 30s and 40s becoming affected at high rates (343,000 people between 2006 and 2015). Cancer is said to be the most feared disease going by national polls.
According to Cancer Research UK there are many potential reasons for the increase including increased red meat consumption (bowel cancer), obesity, and smoking.
In the UK, genetically engineered crops are rarely if ever grown for commercial use, but according to the Soil Association the use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, saw its use increase by 400% in the last 20 years. The chemical is a “probable human carcinogen” according to the World Health Organization’s IARC body.
The Soil Association has called for a ban on glyphosate due to its health risks and ubiquitous use.
Another study by the organization was reported on by Medical News Today: an estimated 1 in 2 men and women will get cancer in their lifetime according to recent projections, a rate similar to the United States where 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men will develop the disease in their lifetime.
A total of 90 percent of people surveyed with cancer said they are still living as normally as possible according to the Telegraph report.