10 July 2012
Macmillan Cancer Support responds to the launch of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine today at University College London (UCL), Loughborough University and Sheffield University as part of the Olympic health legacy.
Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“We are thrilled that the Olympic legacy (1) will really help to improve the lives of cancer patients and survivors. With over 4 in 10 people getting cancer – this part of the Olympic Legacy will directly help hundreds of thousands of people in the UK.
“Building on the great work the National Centre will do with elite athletes, Macmillan and the National Centre will be carrying out groundbreaking research to develop the best treatment and advice for the millions of people in the UK who are or will be affected by cancer.
“We already know that if exercise was a drug, we would be calling it a ‘miracle drug’ – so this partnership between Macmillan and the National Centre will help us make the right exercise treatment available for each patient in the right way at the right time. It is truly exciting.”
Existing research shows that being active to recommended levels can help cancer patients and survivors reduce the impact of side effects of some cancer treatment, lower their chances of getting other long term conditions and for some cancers reduce the risk dying from the disease.
Macmillan is able to support you to get into or back into physical activity. Visit www.macmillan.org.uk/movemore and request an information pack or call our support line on 0808 808 0000.
For further information, please contact:
Claire Keuls, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4872 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1. The new centre includes an innovative partnership between Macmillan and UCL, Loughborough University and Sheffield University which aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the proven benefits of physical activity for people living with cancer and to develop best practice to influence the NHS.
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