9 December 2014
Today [Tuesday], at the Britain Against Cancer Conference, Jeremy Hunt announced that the Government is on track to save an additional 5,000 lives as per the national cancer strategy. Responding to the announcement, Duleep Allirajah, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“We welcome the news that the Government is on track to save 5,000 lives by 2015. Research shows that the UK has the lowest one-year survival rates for colorectal, lung, breast and ovarian cancer compared to five other countries with similar health systems and levels of wealth.1 This is unacceptable and a sign that too often we are diagnosing people too late.
“While this is a good start, Macmillan believes we can be more ambitious. If we’re really serious about making sure England’s survival rates match the best in Europe we also need to see commitments to improve this at a national level. Macmillan is urging all political parties to make this a priority in their 2015 election manifestos.”
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2016 (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