Death rate drop.
male lung cancer are at their lowest since 1971. Breast cancer deaths among women peaked in 1989 at 15,625, but fell to 11,990 in 2007, according to data from Cancer Research UK. Bowel cancer deaths among both sexes peaked in 1992 at 19,598, but fell to 16,007 in 2007 - a 31% drop in mortality rates. Meanwhile, the number of men dying from lung cancer peaked in 1979 at 30,391, but dropped to 19,637 in 2007 - equivalent to a drop in mortality rates of 53%. The number of people developing cancer is on the rise as people live longer than ever before. But fewer people are dying from the disease, partly due to improved screening and new and better treatments. Harpal Kumar, of Cancer Research UK, pictured, said: "Years of research are behind the dramatic progress being made."