Cancer cases reach all-time high - and numbers expected to grow

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The number of cases of cancer in England have reached the highest level on record.

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that 299,923 new cancer diagnoses were registered in 2015.

This is the equivalent of 822 every day.

Cancer Research UK warned that the figure will "only continue to grow".

Emma Greenwood, director of policy and public affairs at the charity, said: "These figures highlight the number of lives affected by cancer in England and the scale of the challenge that the health system faces.

"This is the highest number ever seen and will only continue to grow.

"Across the UK, we expect around two million people to be diagnosed with cancer over the next five years.

"Tackling cancer and achieving world-class outcomes for people across the country must be a priority."