14 February 2014
Macmillan Cancer Support responds to a new report out today (Friday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) looking at the divide in health deprivation in England1. Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'As a developed nation with a good and free healthcare system, we should not be seeing this gap between the general health of people who are rich and poor. It reminds me of Dickens.
'Sadly a similar gap exists in cancer. Research by Macmillan Cancer Support and the National Cancer Intelligence Network has shown that cancer patients in England are a third less likely to be alive five to ten years after diagnosis if they are from the most deprived areas compared with the least2.
'We must all, Public Health England, the NHS, charities like Macmillan, ensure that people have equal access to the services and support they need no matter who they are or where they live.'
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Claire Keuls, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
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Notes to Editors:
1 Office for National Statistics (2014), Health deprivation divide widest for middle-aged, the 2011 Census tells us
2 Of all those people diagnosed with cancer between 2001-2005 (corresponding to those in the 5-10 years since diagnosis category) those in the least deprived quintile were more likely to have survived – with 41% still alive at the end of 2010, compared to 27% for the most deprived quintile. This deprivation study is based on people diagnosed with cancer in the ten year period of 2001 and 2010 and is based on the residence of these people at the time at diagnosis. The deprivation is measured in quintiles. Our study compares the 20% least deprived (most affluent) to the 20% most deprived (least affluent). This analysis uses the National Cancer Data Repository (NCIN, Public Health England) and the income domain of the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2004 (Department of Communities and Local Government,
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-communities-and-local-government/series/english-indices-of-deprivation accessed October 2013). A summary of the research is available here.
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