9 February 2017
Responding to the publication of new data on childhood cancer survival released today by the Office for National Statistics, Dany Bell, Treatment and Recovery Programme Lead at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'It’s fantastic that more children are surviving cancer. But it is vital that they get the support they need during and after their treatment, potentially for many years.
'Studies show that childhood cancer survivors are more likely to develop conditions such as heart disease or lung damage when they reach adulthood. But doctors and patients can take steps to help reduce this risk. Doctors must regularly monitor and advise those who have had cancer, no matter how long ago they were treated. Those who have had cancer can also reduce their risk of developing conditions such as heart disease by not smoking, having a balanced diet and engaging in physical activity.'
For further information, please contact:
Jess Owen, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
02070912407 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1 Office for National Statistics. Childhood cancer survival in England: children diagnosed from 1990 to 2014 and followed up to 2015. www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/childhoodcancersurvivalinengland/childrendiagnosedfrom1990to2014andfollowedupto2015 (accessed February 2017)
2 D. A. Mulrooney et al. Cardiac outcomes in a cohort of adult survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer: retrospective analysis of the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study cohort. BMJ 2009;339:b4606
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