Being diagnosed with cancer is now more common than getting married or having a baby for the first time, Macmillan Cancer Support has said.
The charity used the most recent UK figures available in an analysis which showed that, in 2014, there were 361,216 new cancer cases, whereas there were only 289,841 marriages.
In 2015, first-time mothers had 271,050 babies, but 319,011 people were diagnosed with cancer, Sky News reported.
Figures also revealed that more than 1.2 million people who are below the age of 65 have been diagnosed with cancer.
Current predictions suggest that half of the population will have cancer at some point in life.
Lynda Thomas, the chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support said: "Being told you have cancer changes your life, and it can leave people feeling as if they've been thrust into the unknown, bewildered and unprepared.
"Cancer is almost always life-changing, but it isn't always life-ending. Life with cancer is still life, you're still a dad, a sister, a grandparent, a friend."
It was also found that in the UK, one in 10 people said cancer is their biggest fear of all, putting it in front of their death, a loved one dying or terrorism.