Responding to the latest research which once again highlights that one in two people in the UK will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime, Ellie Rose, Public Affairs Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“Today’s figures back up previous Macmillan research which reveals that because of advances in healthcare, half of the UK population will get cancer in their lifetime.
“Macmillan believes this surge in numbers poses a herculean challenge for the NHS and for society. With cracks already beginning to show, the NHS will soon be unable to cope with the huge increase in demand for services – meaning the support that organisations like Macmillan provide will become even more critical.
“Whichever party is voted in at this year’s election will need to make sure the NHS is ready to support the colossal wave of people who will be diagnosed with cancer during their time in power. That’s why Macmillan is calling on all political parties to urgently prioritise cancer care in their manifestos. This is not just about improving the quality of diagnosis and treatment, but also about ensuring that every single person with cancer is treated with the highest levels of dignity and respect.”