4 February 2016
Responding to research out today (Thursday 4 February 2016) from Cancer Research UK about a 10 per cent drop in cancer death rates, Fran Woodard, Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“While it is very heartening that fewer people are dying from cancer, this research also highlights the growing numbers of people living with the disease and its devastating effects. There are 2.5 million people living with or beyond cancer in the UK and this figure is set to rise to four million by 2030.
“Just because more people are surviving cancer doesn’t mean they are living well. For months or even years after a diagnosis, they might have to deal with debilitating physical side effects of treatment such as incontinence, practical concerns such as significant money worries or the emotional impact such as isolation.
“On this World Cancer Day it is more important than ever to remember that people affected by cancer need support every step of the way to help them make the most of life after cancer.
“We’ve seen the Government commit to a recovery package of care for people with cancer. This is vital and we urge them to put this in place as soon as possible. To address the complex needs of cancer patients, everyone from health and social care professionals, to employers to the friends and family of people with cancer needs to work together to ensure no one faces cancer alone.”
For further information, please contact:
Catherine Jones, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2453 (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