15 September 2015
Responding to the International Longevity Centre’s research on cancer’s cost to the economy, Duleep Allirajah, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“These staggering figures highlight the vital need to improve cancer care across the UK. There are currently 2.5 million people living with and beyond cancer and at least one in four of them face poor health or disability for many years, if not decades, after treatment it has ended. A lack of proper support and after care can often leave people out of work and suffering from serious side effects such as depression, anxiety, fatigue and even extreme loneliness.
“What’s more, the current cancer workforce is struggling to meet requirements for treatment and support, let alone prepare for increasing demands on services in the future.
“Without urgent action, we are not only in danger of seeing cancer costs to the economy soar, but more importantly people with cancer, their friends, carers and families will be the ones who continue to suffer.
“The government recently committed to implementing a Recovery Package to everyone with cancer by 2020, this will not only help people to live and stay well after treatment, but also help to keep them out of hospital and allow them to be able to contribute to society in the way they wish. But this is just the first step. The Government and the NHS must ensure that all the recommendations laid out in the recently published Cancer Strategy for England are fully funded and implemented. This should include developing a cancer workforce that is fit for purpose which works effectively across different teams and settings.”
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Senior 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.
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