19 June 2014
Responding to new cancer incidence figures for England published by the Office for National Statistics  today (19/06/2014), Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“Shockingly the most common form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, has shot up by 78 per cent amongst men and 48 per cent amongst women in the last ten years. This makes it now the fifth most common cancer in England.
“The increase in the number of people getting this potentially fatal disease should be a wake-up call to the Government that cancer has not been ‘fixed’ in this country.
We have some of the poorest survival rates for cancer in Europe and Macmillan is calling on all the political parties to prioritise cancer ahead of the next general election.”
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 (2014), Cancer Registration Statistics, England, 2012
(Accessed June 2014)
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