26 June 2013
Responding to new cancer incidence figures published by the Office of National Statistics today, Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'It is startling that the number of new cases of cancer diagnosed has soared by nearly a fifth in the last ten years.
'However it is important to note that this overall figure disguises a wide variation across the cancer types. While it is welcome news that the number of new cases of ovarian and stomach cancer rates have decreased, malignant melanoma is up by a huge 66%.
'The figures also reveal a worrying gender gap. Cancer affects women more in younger age groups, but men are significantly worse affected over the age of 60. The reasons for this are complex and only partially understood. Further research needs to be carried out to understand these differences better.
'This comes as new research from Macmillan warns that by 2020 almost half of Britons will get cancer in their lifetimes. We are warning that 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 unless it puts the necessary plans and resources in place now. Until then, the help that organisations like Macmillan provide will become even more urgent than ever.'
For further information, please contact:
Rebecca Openshaw, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4699 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
All malignant neoplasms. Office for National Statistics. 2013. Cancer Registration Statistics, England, 2011.
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_315795.pdf (Accessed June 2013)
Latest CRUK / NCIN gender gap report: http://publications.cancerresearchuk.org/downloads/product/CS_REPORT_EXCESSBURDEN.pdf
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