31 January 2014
Macmillan Cancer Support responds to a new report out today [Friday] by UK Active which exposes the link between inactivity and premature deaths across England1. Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
'Today’s report exposes the stark reality of physical inactivity in England and the detrimental effect this is having on our health.
'If being active was a cancer drug we would call it a ‘wonder drug’. It is so important for cancer patients to keep active to speed up the recovery process and reduce the risk of the disease coming back. Yet as a nation we continue to ignore what is an extremely effective, simple and cost-saving solution.
'Embedding physical activity into clinical care as standard is the first step. The NHS, Public Health England and Local Authorities have a responsibility to work together to make this a reality.'
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:
1 UK Active (2013) Turning the tide of inactivity
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