10 July 2015
Responding to new cancer incidence figures for England by the Office for National Statistics today, Rebecca Nash, Head of Evidence at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'Today’s statistics once again highlight the frightening scale of this disease. Cancer cases across the UK have increased by almost 6,000 on the previous year and new data shows that every week 1,000 women in the UK face a breast cancer diagnosis.
'Due to improvements in early diagnosis and treatment we know that many will go on to survive their cancer, but progress is a double-edged sword. For example, Macmillan research shows that even when the cancer is caught early, only around a quarter of women diagnosed with breast cancer will go on to survive both long-term and in good health - this is despite their early diagnosis and the cancer not spreading.
'The rising numbers of cancer patients poses a huge challenge for the NHS as it will not be able to cope with the surge in demand on its services unless it puts the necessary plans and resources in place now.
'Treating cancer is not our only goal– people need a clear plan for after treatment to ensure they can get their life back after cancer. That’s why Macmillan is calling on the Government to ensure that everyone with a cancer diagnosis is given the care and support they need when they are living with cancer and after their treatment has ended, including a cancer recovery package.'
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Notes to Editors:
In 2013 there were 351,578 registrations of newly diagnosed cancer (exclude non-melanoma skin cancer) in the UK, in 2012 there were 345,606, this is a growth of 5,972 cases. Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS) Cancer Registration Statistics, England, 2013 available at http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/cancer-statistics-registrations--england--series-mb1-/no--44--2013/rft-cancer-registration-statistics.xls#
, Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit (WCISU), Incidence Trends 2001-2013, available at http://www.wcisu.wales.nhs.uk/opendoc/257958
), ISD Scotland, trends in incidence 1989-2013, available at https://isdscotland.scot.nhs.uk/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications/2015-04-28/i_cancer_all_types.xls
), Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, Incidence & Survival 1993 – 2013, available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/FileStore/OfficialStats/Incidence/Filetoupload,499250,en.xls
In 2013 there were 53,339 registrations of newly diagnosed female breast cancer (ICD-C50) in the UK, this equates to 1,026 per week. In England: 44,540 (Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS) Cancer Registration Statistics, England, 2013 available at http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/cancer-statistics-registrations--england--series-mb1-/no--44--2013/rft-cancer-registration-statistics.xls#
). In Wales: 2,840 (Source: Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit (WCISU), Incidence Trends 2001-2013, available at http://www.wcisu.wales.nhs.uk/opendoc/257987
). In Scotland: 4,665 (Source: ISD Scotland, trends in incidence 1989-2013, available at https://isdscotland.scot.nhs.uk/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications/2015-04-28/i_cancer_breast.xls
). In Northern Ireland: 1,294 (Source: Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, Incidence & Survival 1993 – 2013, available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/FileStore/OfficialStats/Incidence/Filetoupload,499253,en.xls
3. Unpublished Macmillan analysis from the Routes from Diagnosis research programme, undertaken by Monitor Deloitte for Macmillan Cancer Support. 26% of people diagnosed with non-metastatic breast cancer that doesn’t spread live seven years or more and in good health, defined as follows: Not developing metastatic disease or experiencing a second cancer, and having no serious health conditions after diagnosis. ‘Serious health conditions’ are defined as a range of health conditions that the Routes from Diagnosis programme’s clinical advisory group felt were clinically important for people living with each type of cancer, according to the following three inclusion criteria: common conditions likely to be more prevalent for people with that type of cancer compared with the general population; common conditions likely to affect treatment decisions; or common conditions related to complications or long-term consequences of cancer or its treatment. The condition is then only included in the Routes from Diagnosis analysis if it is recorded in the patient’s hospital record (specifically their inpatient Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) entry). Therefore although this list is comprehensive, due to data availability it will not identify morbidity which presents outside of a hospital setting - which includes e.g., anything which may be seen by a GP but not the hospital, and any condition that is not reported to a doctor.
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