It’s hard to imagine, but before 2008, nobody knew how many people in the UK were living with cancer.
Macmillan and NHS England launched the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative. We commissioned a pivotal study by Maddams et al, which put a number to the issue – 2 million people in the UK were living with a cancer diagnosis at the end of 2008.
We commissioned a second study in 2012 and found the number was projected to grow by around 3% a year. We believe the growth rate is still a good predictor, so we still use this study as the basis for our projections today.Close