Tuesday 28th April 2015
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Spring 2015
Macmillan urges all political parties to commit to action in the run up to the general election in May
The latest analysis from Macmillan
suggests there will be a record high of 2.5 million people who have had a cancer diagnosis in the UK in 2015, an increase of almost half a million people in the last five years. 
The increase is largely due to improvements in detection and treatment, and a growing and ageing population.
Macmillan has urged all parties at Westminster to commit to:
1 - Delivering cancer survival rates that match the best in Europe, particularly by reducing late diagnosis, investing in care after treatment by delivering the cancer Recovery Package, and addressing the needs of older people.
2 - Ensuring people with cancer are treated with the highest levels of dignity and respect, and supporting staff to deliver this.
3 - Improving end-of-life care for people with cancer, by delivering free social care that enables them to spend their final weeks and days in places they choose.
Macmillan’s Time to Choose campaign is calling on the public to pledge their support online. For up to date statistics about the numbers, needs and experiences of people with cancer, download our Rich Picture reports.
1. Maddams J, Utley M, Møller H. Projections of cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom, 2010-2040. British Journal of 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.