14 January 2014
Macmillan Cancer Support responds to new figures out today [Tuesday] which show that the number of people being diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year has risen to 330,0001. Mike Hobday, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'These new figures show that the cancer burden is increasing. We know that there are currently more than two million people living with or beyond cancer in the UK and that this will grow to four million by 20302.
'More people being diagnosed with cancer and living longer with their illness will have a big impact on the NHS. The cost of treating inpatients with breast and prostate cancer in England alone is predicted to surge by a fifth (20%) in a decade, hitting at least £790million a year by 20203.
'We are concerned that the NHS will simply not be able to cope with this surge in demand for its services. There needs to be a fundamental shift towards proper after-care, with more care delivered in the community and better engagement with cancer patients in their own health so that no one is left to face cancer alone.'
For further information, please contact:
Claire Keuls, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4872 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1 Cancer Research UK.
2 Figure includes all malignant neoplasms excluding non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) (ICD-10 codes C00-97 exc C44) Source: Maddams J, Utley M, Møller H. Projections of cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom, 2010-2040. Br J Cancer 2012; 107: 1195-1202. (Projections scenario 1).
3 The cost comes from inpatient data only so excludes the large proportion of chemotherapy or radiotherapy delivered in an outpatient setting. It reflects the cost to the NHS budget, i.e. what commissioners pay hospitals to provide the care based on the NHS National Tariff, rather than the exact cost to hospitals of providing the care.
Routes from Diagnosis – breast, prostate, brain and lung framework. Macmillan Cancer support 2013.
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