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More Than 5,000 Diagnosed With Cancer

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7:00am 14th January 2014

More people are being diagnosed with cancer in Cornwall and Plymouth.

Almost 5,500 started treatment at Treliske and Derriford in 2011.

Cancer Research UK says some of it is down to people living longer, binge drinking and obesity.

Across the country the charity says almost a third of a million found they had the disease - the highest figure ever.

Spokesperson Jessica Kirby said: "Healthy living isn't a guarantee against cancer but by living healthily you really can stack the odds in your favour. Things like being a non-smoker and eating heathily are all great ways to reduce the risk.

"The good news is that even though the number of people getting cancer is going up, the number of people who survive is also dramatically improving. Survival from cancer has doubled in the last forty years - which is really great news. We just need to keep up the research that's going on to make sure we can save more lives in the future."

In 2011 more than 2,400 patients began courses of treatment at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, while more than 3,000 were seen in Plymouth.

7:00am 14th January 2014

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