Cancer is cancer:
- It doesn’t discriminate
- It can affect anyone
- It affects people emotionally, financially and physically
Every 2 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer*.
There are now an estimated 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK*.
By 2020, almost 1 in every 2 people will get cancer at some point in their lives*.
There are now an estimated 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK. It is thought that by 2030, this figure will be 4 million people, as cancer and cancer treatments are changing at a fast pace and more people are living with and beyond cancer*.
*Source: Macmillan Cancer Support
The correlation between areas of multiple deprivation and lower levels of health, including cancer, is widely recognised. Cancer Research UK has identified that the hardest to reach groups are those least likely to take up cancer advice and screening, they are typically reluctant to see their doctor, have the highest smoking, alcohol consumption and sunbed use, and the lowest educational attainment and levels of unemployment. With the link between poverty and cancer, it is clear that lives are being lost, particularly in the poorer areas of the North East where cancer rates are much higher than more wealthy parts of the country