Why is it so important that we invest in research into cancer patients and better cancer care?
The story about cancer is changing. Macmillan’s own research reveals that the number of people living with cancer diagnosis in the UK in 2010 was 2 million, we now know this number has reached 2.5 million (in 2015) and is set to rise to 4 million by 2030. Cancer patients are living longer after their diagnosis than they did 40 years ago, cancer is increasingly about living with cancer with many people experiencing issues which require support several years after initial diagnosis and treatment.
We need to recognise cancer’s long term impact on people’s lives, plan better services and develop more personalised care. The Changing Story of Cancer infographic outlines some of the big numbers we’re talking about, and provides references to some of the key research we’ve commissioned.