10 February 2014
Today [Monday] the Office for National Statistics (ONS) announced a reduction in the number of statistical outputs that it will produce as a result of funding pressures1.
It had proposed to discontinue the annual General Lifestyle Report, which covers a range of lifestyle habits across Great Britain, including: smoking and drinking; general health; households; families and people; and marriage and cohabitation.
As part of a public consultation, Macmillan Cancer Support strongly recommended that funding for the report continue and today it was announced that it will do so.
Responding to the announcement, Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'We have a lot of work to do in this country to catch up with our European counterparts in improving national cancer survival rates2. The General Lifestyle Report provides crucial information about our lifestyle habits which helps to explain why cancer incidence and mortality rates in the UK are different to those in other countries.
'We are delighted that the ONS has taken feedback from Macmillan and others on board and decided to continue funding this essential piece of research. This will help us understand what is stopping us having the best international cancer survival rates in the UK and how we can fix that.'
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 Office for National Statistics, Response to the ONS Consultation on Statistical Products 2013,
2 Dr Roberta De Angelis, M.S.,Cancer survival in Europe in the first decade of the 21st century: results of the EUROCARE-5 study. Published in the Lancet Oncology on 5th December 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(13)70546-1
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