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Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. We provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. Cancer affects us all. We can all help. We are Macmillan.
Watch our video to hear MPs and Peers at We are 100, our centenary reception in parliament, talking about what Macmillan means to them.
In 1911, Douglas Macmillan watched his father die of cancer. His father's pain and suffering moved Douglas so much that he founded the Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer. Now, Macmillan Cancer Support is the UK’s top charity brand.
There are more than two million people living with and after cancer in the UK today. By 2030 there will be four million.
We believe that every person affected by cancer, no matter who they are, where they live, or what cancer they have, should have access to the highest quality cancer treatment, care and support.
Macmillan’s sole purpose is to improve the lives of people affected by cancer - cancer patients, their carers and families. We do this in two main ways - by being a ‘source of support’ and by being a ‘force for change’.
Our source of support| activities include providing face-to-face help to over 430,000 people each year. Our helplines and information centres help well over 250,000 people per year.
We also give nearly £10 million in grants per year to help patients and their families pay for the extra costs that go with a life-threatening disease - costs like higher heating bills. Every year we help secure tens of millions in benefits for people affected by cancer.
We act as a force for change| by campaigning to improve cancer care and treatment, and supporting cancer patients who need to get their lives back on track after a life-threatening disease.
Find out more about Macmillan services and campaigning activities by going to www.macmillan.org.uk/parliament|.
Gus Baldwin, Head of Public Affairs, ABaldwin@macmillan.org.uk|, 020 7840 4625.
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