10 December 2013
Responding to the publication of new data on childhood cancer survival released today [Tuesday 10th December] by the Office for National Statistics1, Jenny Ritchie-Campbell, Director of Cancer Services Innovation at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'These figures are encouraging and show a steady increase in the number of children surviving at least five years after their cancer diagnosis2 thanks to advances in treatment and early diagnosis.
'Unfortunately we know the impact of cancer does not suddenly stop when treatment ends. Macmillan is helping to support young cancer survivors and their families to deal with the long term consequences of cancer and its treatment.'
For further information, please contact:
Claire Keuls, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4872 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1 Office for National Statistics, Cancer Survival for Children in England: Patients Diagnosed 1990-2006 and Followed up to 2011
2 For all childhood cancers combined, five-year survival has increased from 66.6% for children diagnosed in 1990 to 81.3% for children diagnosed in 2006.
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