27 May 2016
Responding to new cancer incidence figures for England by the Office for National Statistics today, Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“Today’s statistics are another reminder that cancer is not a problem that has been solved. Amongst the growing tide of people getting cancer in England, there are now more than 30 people being diagnosed every day who are in their 20s and 30s[i]. This is an increase of almost a fifth in the last decade[ii].
“We already know that by 2020 half of us will receive a diagnosis at some point in our lives[iii] and this new data highlights that cancer can affect people at any age.
“With the advancement of treatment in recent years, many of these people will go on to live long lives once their cancer has been treated; cancer simply isn’t the death sentence it used to be. But treatment is not the end of the story. Cancer undoubtedly has an enormous effect on a person’s life – affecting not only their health, but their emotions and relationships, and even their finances and work.
“This means that as well as the steady rise in people being diagnosed with cancer – there are now almost 300,000 cases a year across Englandiii – people need a more personalised level of support. That is why we must see the government prioritise cancer care and ensure we have a system which is equipped to support the growing and increasingly complex demand on its services. This includes ensuring that everyone receives follow-up care, outlined in a care plan, that is suited to their needs after their cancer treatment.
“When someone receives a cancer diagnosis, there can be a lot of information to take in and emotions to deal with. We know people find it helpful to talk to someone about what they’re going through so the Macmillan Support Line is available for anyone affected by cancer. And our online community offers peer support at any time of day or night.”
For further information, please contact:
Sally Aston, Media and PR Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4722 (out of hours 07801 307068)
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
[i] Office of National Statistics, Cancer Registrations Statistics, England, 2014 (all cancers excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) available at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/file?uri=/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/datasets/cancerregistrationstatisticscancerregistrationstatisticsengland/2014/cancerregistrationstatistics20162014datareferencetablesfinalinc.table13.xls
[ii] Figures for 2014 from reference 1 compared with figures for 2005 from:
[iii] Macmillan Cancer Support. Cancer mortality trends: 1992–2020. May 2013. www.macmillan.org.uk/Documents/AboutUs/Newsroom/Mortality-trends-2013-executive-summary-FINAL.pdf