1 December 2017
Responding to the publication of Improving Lives– The Future of Work, Health & Disability, Lynda Thomas Chief Executive at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“With one in three people living with cancer of working age*, it’s vital that those who can and want to work receive the support they need to do so. Whilst the strategy contains some steps in the right direction, we are concerned it does not fully address the needs of people with fluctuating and long-term conditions, such as cancer.
“This is particularly surprising when this group represents such a substantial proportion of people struggling to stay in work. As one in two people will get cancer at some point in their lives** this number will only rise.
“It is also crucial that any reform of the Work Capability Assessment recognises that some people with cancer are simply unable to work, and need adequate welfare support to cope with the financial impact of their diagnosis. Any change to assessment processes must not result in a reduction of the level of financial support available to people with cancer.”
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Notes to Editors:
* Working age estimated based on those living with a cancer diagnosis aged 15-64 in 2015. Prevalence under the age of 64 based on Maddams J, Utley M, Møller H. Projections of cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom, 2010- 2040. Br J Cancer 2012; 107: 1195-1202. Projections scenario 1 and the assumption that in 2015, 99% of those aged 64 or under are aged 15 or over. The 99% is based on 20-year prevalence in 2010 derived from Macmillan Cancer Support and Public Health England’s NCRAS. 2014. Segmenting the cancer survivor population. Available at: http://www.ncin.org.uk/about_ncin/segmentation
** Ahmad AS, Ormiston-Smith N, Sasieni PD. Trends in the lifetime risk of developing cancer in Great Britain: comparison of risk for those born from 1930 to 1960. British Journal of Cancer. 2015;112(5):943–947. doi:10.1038/bjc.2014.606. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4453943/ [Accessed February 2017}
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