On Tuesday 10th July, Sir David Amess MP attended an event hosted by MacMillan Cancer support in the Houses of Parliament. During the afternoon, the organisation launched its most recent report into the costs of living with cancer.
Improvements to diagnostics and treatments mean that people are now twice as likely to survive for ten years after a cancer diagnosis than they were 40 years ago. Despite this, 45% of individuals are surprised by the significant financial impact on their diagnosis. MacMillan has published a report, based on real-life stories, which highlights three key areas that exacerbate the financial cost of cancer. Many sufferers have to give up full time employment during treatment, some have to cope with higher transport bills and household costs can also be increased. On average, 80% of people with cancer are £570 a week worse off.
Following the event, Sir David said “MacMillan’s event today has been truly eye-opening. By 2030, 4 million people in the UK will be living with cancer and it is important that we understand the true financial costs of the disease. I hope that the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care will work closely with organisations like MacMillan to consider what more can be done to address this problem.”