The 8 deadliest cancers revealed – and the symptoms you must never ignore | The Sun

SADLY, one in two of us will develop cancer at some point during our lifetime.

But some cancers are much more deadly than others, which is why it's vital to know the signs and catch it early – when you have the best chance of treating and surviving it.

There are around 167,000 cancer deaths in the UK every year, that means nearly 460 people die of the disease each day.

According to the World Health Organisation the three cancers that killed the most people worldwide in 2020 were lung, colorectal and liver cancer.

However, these cancers aren't necessarily the most deadly.

They just happen to be quite common, so their chances of killing more people is more likely.

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The deadliness of a cancer is measured by how likely someone is to survive the effects of the given cancer for five years after being diagnosed.

These are the eight most deadly to know the signs of:

1. Pancreatic cancer

Survival rate after five years:  11.5 per cent

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Britain’s favourite drink ‘increases the risk of SEVEN types of cancer’

Pancreatic cancer is the 11th most common type of cancer in the UK and the most deadly.

It kills around 9,600 Brits each year.

The disease affects a large gland that is part of the digestive system – the pancreas is located behind the stomach and under the liver.

One reason for such a poor outlook is that pancreatic cancer tends to be diagnosed too late.

By the time you have symptoms, have gone to your GP and been diagnosed, the cancer tends to be quite advanced.

Only eight out of 100 people can have surgery to have their pancreas removed – which gives them the best chance of cure.

2. Mesothelioma

Survival rate: 12 per cent

More than 2,600 Brits are diagnosed with the Mesothelioma each year.

It's a rare and aggressive form of cancer for which there is no cure.

According to Cancer Research UK, it kills around 2,400 people in the UK, that's more than six every day 

It is a type of cancer that develops in the lining that covers the outer surface of some of the body's organs, such as the lungs, tummy, heart or testicles.

According to the NHS, it's usually linked to asbestos exposure.

3. Gallbladder cancer

Survival rate: 19.4 per cent

It is a fairly rare cancer that's found anywhere in the gallbladder.

There are around 1,100 new gallbladder cancer cases in the UK each year.

Around 650 Brits will die of the cancer every year, that's nearly two every day.

The gallbladder is a small organ in the top part of your tummy that helps you digest your food.

It is often only found when someone is having treatment for another condition, such as gallstones.

4. Oesophageal cancer

Survival rate: 20.6 per cent

Oesophageal cancer, sometimes known as throat cancer, is diagnosed around 9,200 times each year making it the 14th most common form of cancer in the UK

It's also quite deadly, killing around 7,900 Brits every year and 22 each day.

Oesophageal cancer impacts the gullet – which is the long tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach.

5. Liver cancer

Survival rate: 20.8 per cent

Liver cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the world.

Some 6,100 number of people in the UK are diagnosed with the killer disease every year, with incidence increasing with age.

Around 5,800 people die of liver cancer in the UK every year – that's 16 every day.

And almost half of cases are preventable – the leading causes of liver cancer are obesity (23 per cent), smoking (20 per cent), and drinking alcohol (seven per cent).

6. Lung cancer

Survival rate: 22.9 per cent

Lung cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 13 per cent of all new cancer cases.

Sadly, there are 34,800 lung cancer deaths in the UK every year as less than half of those diagnosed with the disease will survive it.

7. Brain cancer

Survival rate: 32.5 per cent

More than 11,000 people are diagnosed with a primary brain tumour in the UK every year, of which about half are cancerous.

Primary brain tumours are those which begin in the brain.

Many others are diagnosed with a secondary brain tumour (which means the cancer has grown into the brain from elsewhere).

There are around 5,500 brain tumour deaths every year in the UK.

Four in ten cases don’t get caught until someone is in A&E, by which time survival chances are slim.

8. Acute myeloid leukemia

Survival rate: 30.5 per cent

Leukemia is type of blood cancer that affects cells in bone marrow and attacks the immune system.

There are a number of types of leukaemia with acute myeloid leukemia being the most deadly.

It mainly affects older people and can come on very rapidly.

Around 3,100 people are diagnosed with it each year in the UK. 

It's a deadly cancer that kills nearly 2,700 Brits each year – that's more than seven a day.

11 ways to spot cancer – according to the NHS

Cancer symptoms can be broad-ranging and can often mask as everyday illnesses like cold or flu.

But it's always better to err on the side of caution if you have any of these symptoms and speak to your GP, which according to the NHS could be a sign of cancer:

1. Coughing, chest pain and breathlessness

2. Changes in bowel habits

3. Bloating

4. Bleeding

5. Lumps

6. Moles

7. Unexplained weight loss

8. Tummy or back pain

9. Indigestion and heartburn

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10. Itchy or yellow skin

11. Feeling tired and unwell

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