6 July 2016
Responding to new figures by Cancer Research UK out on Tuesday 14 June showing that middle aged women are more likely to get lung cancer, and at a younger age than 30 years ago – despite being less likely to smoke – Professor Jane Maher, Joint Chief Medical Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“It is unclear why women are more likely to get lung cancer, especially given that they are less likely to smoke, and more research is needed in this area.
“These findings are further proof that cancer doesn’t just affect older people, but those of all ages. Whether you are old or young, cancer can have a huge effect on your life, however long you live after diagnosis. People with lung cancer often have many symptoms and side-effects, including shortness of breath, depression and anxiety, and many of these symptoms are often not alleviated as well as they should be. Newer cancer drugs offer hope for the future but are also associated with significant side effects which can be tough to manage effectively.
“It makes a real difference if cancer patients are given tailored care and support after their diagnosis and treatment that addresses their individual needs. This support can include advice on how to manage treatment side effects and maintain as good a quality of life as is possible.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Media & PR Team, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk