9 June 2015
Responding to a new report from Cancer 52 and Public Health England which shows that death rates from rarer and less common cancers are increasing Juliet Bouverie, Director of Services and Influencing at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“These worrying figures show the true burden of being diagnosed with a rarer cancer in the UK.
“One of the reasons survival rates are particularly poor for people with rarer cancers is that signs and symptoms are difficult to spot, meaning people are more likely to be diagnosed late. Rarer cancers are less likely to appear as a lump and it’s a difficult task for GPs to be aware of all of the varying symptoms for the hundreds of different rarer cancers.
“But improving survival rates alone won’t help relieve the full burden that people with rarer cancers face. People with rarer cancers are more likely to say they’ve had a poor experience during a stay in hospital than those with common cancers and are also more likely to feel isolated because they know so little about their disease.
“It is simply not fair that someone with a rarer cancer should be worse off than those with more common forms of the disease. Early diagnosis must be a priority for the new government alongside supporting people with cancer during treatment as well as when it has finished. Macmillan is also calling on the NHS to prioritise measuring and improving patient experience for all, including those with rarer cancers.”
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2467 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
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