We draw on the best sources of data and generate our own insights to understand more about people living with and affected by cancer in the UK and their experiences.
People living with cancer
There are an estimated 2.5 million people in the UK today (2015) who have had a cancer diagnosis.1 This is an increase of almost half a million in the previous five years.2
See more in ‘Cancer: A colossal challenge – the 2.5 million’. You can also view a text-only version of this infographic.
Worryingly, around one in four (25%) people in the UK already face poor health or disability after treatment for cancer.3
If this number continues to rise by over 3% a year, this could see four million people living with cancer by 2030.4
The proportion of people living longer after cancer is increasing, and the number of people alive and more than 5 years from initial diagnosis is predicted to more than double between 2010 and 2030 to 2.7 million.4
And by the end of 2016, more than a thousand people will be diagnosed with cancer everyday in the UK.5
See our infographic ‘Cancer: A colossal challenge’ – 1,000 a day.
For all our key statistics on the cancer population see our Statistics factsheet here.
Local Cancer Intelligence combines the best data and insights from the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN), Macmillan and other sources. It brings together new and existing evidence to help you understand the local burden of cancer in England, and builds on our joint expertise on the numbers, needs and experiences of people affected by cancer. Find out more here.
Eight of London’s NHS Trusts are at the bottom of a league table [PDF] measuring cancer patient experience across England in 2014.6
For more of our patient experience research and analysis go to our dedicated pages here.
Around 1.1 million people in the UK aged 15 and over are carers [PDF] of someone with cancer (estimated in 2011). Half of them support a person with cancer who was currently undergoing treatment.7
Carers are most likely to support a middle-aged person, aged 45–64. Carers are more likely to look after women (61%) and most often support a member of their family. A third of carers say they care for a friend or neighbour.
Carers of people with cancer give an average of almost 15 hours of support each week, and the most common type of support is emotional. This is followed by helping with errands or offering transport. Half of carers say they get no support.
Download the comprehensive report on carers [PDF]
References and notes:
Maddams J, Utley M, Møller H. Projections of cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom, 2010-2040. Br J Cancer 2012; 107: 1195-1202. (Projections scenario 1). Macmillan analysis based on extrapolation of 2010 and 2020 projections that the number of people living with cancer will hit an estimated 2.5 million in 2015.
‘Five years’ refers to 2010-2015.
Macmillan Cancer Support (2013) Throwing light on the consequences of cancer and its treatment. See here.
Maddams J, Utley M, Møller H. Projections of cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom, 2010-2040. Br J Cancer 2012; 107: 1195-1202. (Projections scenario 1).
Macmillan Cancer Support estimates. 2014. A thousand people a day diagnosed with cancer by end of 2016. Incidence predictions are based on the assumption that age specific all cancer incidence rates remain constant at 2012 rates. Predictions based on applying the UK 2012 incidence rates for 5 year age groups to 2012-based population projections from the Office for National Statistics. Latest incidence figures for each nations taken from Office of National Statistics, |ISD Scotland, Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit and from personal communication with the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry (May 2014). For full details refer to the release here.
Analysis by Macmillan Cancer Support based on NHS England’s National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2014 [PDF], run by Quality Health.
Macmillan Cancer Support/Ipsos MORI. More than a Million: Understanding the UK’s carers of people with cancer. 2011. See here.
Updated January 2015.