Sharp rise in breast and prostate cancers here

There has been a sharp rise here in two cancers associated with wealthy countries, more sedentary lifestyles and greater obesity: breast and prostate cancers.

Breast cancer accounts for one in three cancers in women, while prostate cancer has gone up fivefold in the past 40 years and now causes one in seven cancers in men. But the most common remains colorectal cancer.

While this has come down slightly, doctors worry that more younger people are getting it, and the cancer in them tends to be more aggressive.

The good news is that with better treatment today, people with cancer have better chances of survival.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2017, with the headline 'Sharp rise in breast and prostate cancers here'. Print Edition | Subscribe