Cancer in women rising six times faster than in men
Data published by Cancer Research UK shows that unhealthy lifestyles are contributing to a rise in cancer cases among both sexes, but women are bearing the brunt of the increase.
The charity predicts that over the next 20 years, cancer rates will climb nearly six times faster in women than in men.
Rates will rise by around 0.5% for men and 3% for women, meaning an estimated 4.5 million women and 4.8 million men will be diagnosed with cancer by 2035.
Some types of cancer only affect women and are linked to being obese. These include womb cancer, ovarian cancer and breast cancer (after the menopause).
Cervical and oral cancers are also on the rise among women.
Although smoking rates are now falling across the UK, historically women only took up smoking in large numbers after the habit was already popular among men. This means the impact of smoking on women and their risk of lung cancer is being felt keenly now.