16 September 2015
New research from Public Health England, being presented at the second day of the PHE Conference 2015, reveals that cancers are being diagnosed earlier in England. Responding to the research, Juliet Bouverie, Director of Services and Influencing at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“Emergency diagnosis and delays in referrals for cancer can often leave people feeling upset, anxious or distressed as well as putting their lives at serious risk. Today’s research shows positive progress in addressing these issues.
“But we know that cancer is so much more than just diagnosis and treatment. One in four people with cancer face poor health or disability for many years, if not decades, after treatment it has ended. These people are often left abandoned in a system that is not equipped to care for them in the long-term.
“It is not enough to just focus on one area of cancer care. In order to achieve real progress which addresses every aspect of someone’s cancer experience, the government and NHS must fully fund and implement an ambitious five year ‘Living with and Beyond Cancer’ Programme which will ensure that people get the right care for their individual needs at every stage.”
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Senior 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.
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