22 February 2017
MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT RESPONDS TO NEW CANCER INCIDENCE FIGURES
Commenting on 2015 cancer incidence data for England and Wales published today, Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“More people are being diagnosed with cancer than ever before, and behind these vast statistics are around 320,000 individuals in England and Wales having an incredibly tough time[i]. Everyone who is diagnosed with cancer experiences their own personal struggle, which could include depression, the unexpected financial impact cancer can have, or the potentially devastating consequences of treatment.
“NHS professionals are telling us that their workloads have never been greater, and they worry that this pressure may ultimately impact on patient care. The fact that cancer waiting-time targets are regularly missed is another warning sign of services struggling to cope. We strongly believe that to avoid this situation unravelling, action must be taken to fully equip the health service to meet this ever-increasing need.”
This week Macmillan Cancer Support published Thinking Differently, a report which highlights challenges facing the cancer workforce. Read it here
[i] Data from the ONS, Cancer registrations statistics, England: First Release, 2014, Available https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/cancerregistrationstatisticsengland/firstrelease2015 Online and Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Cancer Incidence in Wales. Available http://www.wcisu.wales.nhs.uk/cancer-incidence-in-wales-1 Online.