23 February 2016
Responding to new statistics released today (Tuesday 23 February 2016) from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) about the number of new cancer cases in England rising to almost 300,000 in 2014, Dr Fran Woodard, Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“These new figures are deeply concerning and show cancer can devastate the lives of people of all ages, with more than 100,000 of those diagnosed with cancer being under the age of 65.
“Cancer doesn’t just affect a person’s health it can have an overwhelming impact on their whole life for years after their diagnosis, affecting everything from their emotions to their relationships to their finances. It’s not just about treating the patient, but about offering them long-term support. Every single person with cancer needs a full assessment of their needs and a tailored care plan during and after treatment to ensure they have the support they need to get their lives back.
“The NHS is already struggling to cope, and with the number of people diagnosed with cancer continuing to rise it is under even more pressure. The system can’t stay as it is – it needs to change. The government, NHS and social services must work together to address the growing need for long-term cancer care as a top priority.”
For further information, please contact:
Catherine Jones, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2453 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1. Office for National Statistics. 23 February 2016. Cancer Statistics Registrations, England (Series MB1), 2014 (first release). http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/cancer-statistics-registrations--england--series-mb1-/2014--first-release-/rpt-cancer-stats-registrations.html
2. All cancers excluding non-melanoma skin cancer diagnosed in 2014 in people of all ages
3. All cancers excluding non-melanoma skin cancer diagnosed in 2014 in people aged under 65
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