27 January 2015
Today (Tuesday 27th January) marks 100 days until the general election. Within this time almost 100,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer in the UK, reveals new estimates from Macmillan Cancer Support.
Our latest analysis also shows that around 24, 000 people will die from cancer before the general election.
Sadly too many of these people will have been diagnosed too late, will be shown a lack of compassion whilst going through treatment, or denied a ‘good’ death. This isn’t acceptable.
Ahead of the general election Macmillan Cancer Support is urging all Westminster parties to prioritise cancer and commit to the following in their manifestos:
1. Delivering cancer outcomes 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 all cancer patients 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 for people at the end of their life in the UK, to enable them to spend their final weeks and days in the place of their choice
The latest figures available also show that almost 1,400 people in England are waiting more than 100 days for their cancer treatment to start.
Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘Time to Choose’ campaign is calling on the public to pledge their support online and help us make cancer care an election priority. To get involved visit our website.
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
Charlotte Morris (out of hours 07801 307068)
 Macmillan Cancer Support. For full reference see www.macmillan.org.uk/Aboutus/News/Latest_News/Athousandpeopleadaydiagnosedwithcancerbyendof2016.aspx
The 100,000 figure is based on the estimated number of new cases a day at 50 days into the 100-day period.
 Cancer Research UK. Cancer mortality projections for all cancers combined.
(accessed January 2015)
 NHS England. Cancer waiting times, Q2 2014-2015 – there are 1,389 people waiting for 104 days or more for treatment to start, up from 889 in Q2 2013-2014
www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/11/Cancer-Waiting-Times-Workbook-Q2-2014-15-Provider-based.pdf-1333kB.xlsx (accessed January 2015)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk