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Figures for cancer diagnoses on the up according to charity

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The number of people diagnosed with cancer has risen by almost 40% in two decades, and a thousand more will be diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK in 2016, according to estimates from Macmillan Cancer Support.
Charity Macmillan Cancer Support research shows that in two years around 100 000 more people will be diagnosed with cancer each year compared to the number 20 years ago.

According to the charity’s figures, 263,000 people were diagnosed with cancer in 1996 and by 2016 this is predicted to grow to 361,000, which the charity warns will push the NHS to its limits.

This year alone the number of English NHS trusts missing the target for access to cancer treatment waiting times has doubled, almost a fifth (19%) of cancer patients in England said they felt treated as a ‘set of symptoms’ rather than a person and around 100 people a day died in hospital when they would rather have died at home.

Lynda Thomas, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, says: “Today’s findings are yet more evidence of the frightening magnitude of this disease.
“Cracks in the NHS are already beginning to show. Whichever party is voted in at next year’s election, they will face a colossal challenge to make sure the NHS is ready to support the wave of people who will be diagnosed with cancer during their time in power.

“To avoid a cancer care crisis we must take action as a nation now. We need the public to get behind our campaign and we need political parties to listen to our recommendations and prioritise cancer care in their manifestos for next year’s election. We need to be prepared and get serious about this disease which will touch half of the population.”

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