Cancer: A colossal challenge – The 2.5 million - plain text version
Where are they?
There are 2 million people with cancer in England. This would fill Wembley Stadium 23 times.
There are 220,000 people with cancer in Scotland. This would fill Hampton Park 4.2 times.
There are 130,000 people with cancer in Wales. This would fill the Millennium Stadium 1.8 times.
There are 63,000 people with cancer in Northern Ireland. This would fill Casement Park 1.9 times.
Who are they?
The biggest percentage increases since 2010 have been in older age groups and long-term survivors.
The number of people aged 65 and over with cancer has grown by 23%.
The number of people who have survived five or more years since diagnosis has increased by 21%.
There’s good news. The number of people living with cancer is going up partly because more people are surviving cancer for longer. People with cancer now live an average of 10 years after diagnosis, compared with just one year in the 1970s.ii
But there’s also bad news. More and more people are getting cancer in the first place, and many are left with serious long-term side-effects. By the end of 2016, there will be more than 1,000 people diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK.iii
And there’s also huge pressure on the NHS. Hospital admissions for cancer in England have increased by 100,000 a year compared with five years’ previously. The number of admissions was 1.1 million a year in 2008/09, compared with 1.2 million a year in 2012/13.iv
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i Macmillan Cancer Support. Estimate for 2015 based on extrapolation of data in: Maddams J et al. Projections of cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom, 2010-2040. Br J Cancer 2012; 107: 1195-1202. (Projections scenario 1)
ii 50% of people with cancer will now survive their cancer for at least 10 years (Cancer Research UK, 2014), while in the 1970s median survival was just one year (Macmillan Cancer Support. Living after diagnosis: Median cancer survival times. 2012)
iii Macmillan Cancer Support. Prediction based on the assumption that age-specific all-cancer incidence rates remain constant at 2012 rates for the next few years (as per Mistry et al 2011). The UK 2012 incidence rates for five-year age groups (from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), ISD Scotland, the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit and the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry) were applied to the ONS’s 2012 UK population projections
iv Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). Number of admissions into NHS hospitals in England where the main condition treated or investigated during the episode of care was cancer (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). The growth observed maybe partly due to changes in HES coverage, coding and data quality and impacted by the movement of care into the outpatient setting. Further details and the data is available from www.hscic.gov.uk/searchcatalogue?q=title%3A%22Hospital+Episode+Statistics%2C+Admitted+patient+care+-+England%22&area=&size=10&sort=Relevance