11 December 2014
Responding to the latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures on mortality in the UK, Ellie Rose, Public Affairs Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“Today’s statistics once again reveal the frightening reality of cancer mortality in the UK. Cancer continues to be the number one cause of death in the UK, and mortality rates are falling much slower than in circulatory diseases such as heart disease and stroke.
“By the end of 2016, a thousand people a day will be diagnosed with cancer. But in the UK the chances of surviving the disease are among the worst in Europe. This is completely unacceptable.
“We can and we must see more efforts to save more lives. Ahead of the next general election Macmillan Cancer Support is calling on all political parties to make cancer a top priority and commit to improving survival rates so they match the best in Europe.”
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.u