15 January 2015
Responding to Labour’s new approach on public health which will place physical activity at the centre. Rosie Loftus, Joint Chief Medical Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“When it comes to cancer, we know that physical activity is arguably one of the most important factors in improving outcomes and quality of life. Not only can it help reduce some of the debilitating side-effects of treatment but there is also emerging evidence that it may reduce the risk of some cancers recurring and reduce the risk of dying from the disease. Put simply, physical activity is a ‘wonder drug’.
“That’s why Macmillan Cancer Support is delighted the Labour party have decided to place physical activity at the centre of their public health approach. It is vital that all political parties now show a commitment to cancer outcomes by making cancer a top health priority ahead of the next General Election.”
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2016 (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