Each year cancer kills around 160,000 people in the UK.
According to Cancer Research UK, the disease accounts for one in four of all deaths.
Fortunately, a 2014 study found that mortality rates for some of the most common types – including breast, prostate and lung cancers – had fallen.
This had been attributed to improvements in early detection and treatments.
It is currently the most common cancer in the UK, according to Cancer Research UK.
Indeed, the type accounts for a sixth of all cases in males and females combined.
Just this week actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced she was battling the condition, having been diagnosed just a day after winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
She told her Twitter followers: “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one.”
Breast cancer is most common in women, but some men can develop it too.
Common symptoms include a breast lump, nipple retraction, nipple discharge and skin irritation.
The second most prevalent UK cancer is prostate cancer.
It is the leading cause of cancer in men, triggering 40,000 new cases a year, according to the NHS.
The prostate is a small gland in the pelvis only found in men, and its purpose is to help the production of semen.
Symptoms usually appear at quite a late stage, and include needing to urinate more frequently, difficulty starting to wee and feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully.
This type is the third most common form of cancer that people in the UK develop, with 44,500 cases diagnosed every year.
However, it is by far the most prevalent reason for cancer death, responsible for more than a fifth of fatalities.
Symptoms include a persistent cough, coughing up blood, persistent breathlessness and unexplained weight loss and tiredness.