29 November 2017
New one-year survival index figures for England released today by the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS) within Public Health England (PHE) and published in partnership with Office for National Statistics (ONS) show survival rates continue to grow, increasing from 61.2% for patients diagnosed in 2000 to 72.3% in 2015. Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“It is promising news that there has been a steady increase in one-year cancer survival since 2000. It is however really concerning to see such inequality in cancer survival. Where you live in the country should not have a bearing on how likely you are to survive over a year after your cancer diagnosis. We would also hope to see faster increases in survival rates in the future. This could be achieved partly by eradicating these inequalities through improving rates in lower performing areas.
“These new figures show the good news that more people than ever are surviving a year after their cancer diagnosis. However these increasing numbers of people will need support to cope with the often profound long-term emotional and physical consequences of a cancer diagnosis. All cancer patients must have access to the Recovery Package – a personalised plan to help people manage the impact of their cancer – which needs to be fully funded and adopted across the NHS.”
For further information, please contact:
Frankie Harrington, Senior Press Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 5057 (out of hours 07801 307068)
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About Macmillan Cancer Support
There are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK. One in two people are likely to get cancer in their lifetimes. Cancer can affect everything, including a person’s body, relationships and finances.
Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, emotional and personal support to people affected by cancer every year. The charity is there to support people during treatment, help with work and money worries, and listen when people need to talk about their feelings.
Macmillan receives no government funding and relies on generous donations from the public. People up and down the country show their support for Macmillan – from hosting or attending a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to running a marathon or giving up alcohol – so the charity can help more and more people affected by cancer every year.
Life with cancer is still your life and Macmillan is there to help you live it.