3 September 2015
Responding to the publication of the HSCIC’s Head and Neck Cancer audit Dr Fran Woodard, Director for Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“Head and neck cancers are a particularly varied group of cancers, with some being more difficult to diagnose and treat than others. This could contribute to the variation in peoples’ chance of survival.
“The government must address this variation but in doing so it must not neglect those who are already living with the disease and its consequences which can be particularly traumatic. Today’s findings show the significant numbers of people who are still living with these cancers, including 18,100 people living with cancer of the voice box and 1,700 people with cancer of the hypopharynx .
“Most head and neck cancers usually require very invasive treatment, often leading to permanent affects on peoples’ breathing, speaking, eating and drinking . We hear that patients with head and neck cancers can also suffer from anxiety and be highly self conscious about their appearance.
“This is why it’s essential the Government fully funds and implements a Living with and Beyond Cancer Programme that ensures people get the right care whilst going through treatment and support with any long term consequences they may suffer from.”
Notes to Editors:
Based on 20-year cancer prevalence in the UK as of the end of December 2010. The data is from the UK Cancer prevalence project which is part of the Macmillan Cancer Support and Public Health England’s National Cancer Intelligence Network Partnership Work-Plan. Data are sourced and presented in collaboration with the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales, Public Health Wales, the Scottish Cancer Registry and the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry. Outputs from the Cancer Prevalence project cancer be found here: http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Aboutus/Ouresearchandevaluation/Ourresearchpartners/NCIN.aspx
(accessed September 2015).
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2467 (out of hours 07801 307068)
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