Macmillan Cancer Support responds to new research being presented at the European Breast Cancer conference today [Friday] which shows that the number of people dying from breast cancer in England and Wales has fallen by 41% in 20 years.
Mike Hobday, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“Overall it’s good news that more people than ever are surviving breast cancer in England and Wales, but clearly we still have work to do in the UK to catch up with our European counterparts.
“It’s vital that cancer is caught in its early stages to ensure people have timely access to treatment and support. GPs play a key role here in early referral of suspected cancer and Macmillan is helping them to drive through improvements in diagnosis and to focus much more on keeping people well after their treatment.
“Alarmingly this research shows that we’re still failing older breast cancer patients. Macmillan is calling for all cancer patients to be offered treatment based on their fitness, not their age, and to receive the practical support they need to take up cancer treatment.”