24 April 2012
Macmillan Cancer Support responds to new cancer incidence data from the Office of National Statistics showing a rise in the number of new cases of cancer in England.
Duleep Allirajah, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“These new figures from the ONS show that the number of new cases of cancer registered in England has gone up by a staggering 20% in ten years. This should signal alarm bells for the NHS and how we plan future cancer services.
“We know that there are currently two million people living with or beyond cancer in the UK and that this figure is set to rise to four million by 2030. Whilst it's a cause for celebration that more people than ever are surviving after a diagnosis, the impact of cancer does not suddenly stop when treatment is over.
“These statistics highlight the massive challenge ahead if we are to keep up with the relentless toll cancer takes on people’s health, and the NHS must rise to it.”
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Notes to Editors:
 The number of new cases of cancer registered in England has increased by 20% since 2001 (from 224,650 in 2001 to 268,758 in 2010). Office for National Statistics, Cancer Registrations in England, 2010; Cancer Registrations in England, 2001.
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