30 October 2014
Today [Thursday] the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published new cancer survival data for England. Responding to the figures, Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“Whilst it’s encouraging to see that overall survival rates for some of the most common cancers in England have been improving, we know that we still have a long way to go if survival rates in England are to catch up with the best in Europe.
“Today’s figures highlight that survival rates for some cancers have stalled, and in some cases, are even starting to slide backwards [i]. For seven of the common types of cancer – together accounting for more than 50,000 new cases in England each year [ii] – fewer than one in five people will survive at least five years.
“Cancer is not yet fixed, we can – and must – be trying to save more lives. Ahead of the upcoming general election, Macmillan is calling on all the political parties to tackle poor cancer survival rates and ensure cancer remains a top priority.”
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
[i] Five-year survival for patients diagnosed 2008–2012 has shown either no improvement or a marginal reduction compared to patients diagnosed 2007–2011 for Hodgkin lymphoma, pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer in women, and testicular cancer,mesothelioma and thyroid in men. For women with bladder cancer it has fallen 1.1%.
[ii] Office for National Statistics. Cancer Registration Statistics, England, 2012.