9 February 2011
Mike Hobday, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
'It is encouraging that the overall number of people dying from cancer is predicted to fall to 1.3 million cancer deaths in Europe in 2011. But in turn, the number of people living with cancer in the UK is increasing by 3% every year. We know that there are currently two million people in the UK living with a cancer diagnosis, if the current rate continues, the number will have doubled to four million people by 2030.
'Cancer is changing. For many cancer is now a long term condition and it is important to realise that it is no longer just about people dying quickly of cancer or being cured. We know that the effects of cancer do not finish when treatment does. The NHS and medical profession need to recognise the long term impact of cancer and its treatment on patients so everyone gets the help that’s right for them.'
For cancer support at home, over the phone, call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm) or visit www.macmillan.org.uk
For further information:
Julie Wills, Macmillan Cancer Support 0207 840 4933
Notes to Editors:
 Maddams J, et al. Cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom: estimates for 2008. British Journal of Cancer. 2009. 101: 541-547.
 Internal analysis by Intelligence & Research, Corporate Development Directorate Macmillan Cancer Support using data from Maddams J, et al. Cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom: estimates for 2008. British Journal of Cancer. 2009. 101: 541-547.
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