17 June 2011
Responding to research by the National Cancer Intelligence Network that shows deprivation leads to over 2,600 cancer deaths a year, Mike Hobday, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
‘This research by King’s College London showing the disparity in survival rates between the richest cancer patients and the poorest is deeply shocking.
‘All cancer patients should receive the same cancer care and treatment regardless of their economic background and have an equal chance of surviving the disease.
‘The reasons behind this inequality in cancer care, such as late diagnosis and poor uptake of screening, must be fully explored and addressed in order to save lives’.
For further information, please contact:
Rebecca Openshaw, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4699 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.
For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0800 500 800 for an information pack.