More than two million people are living with or beyond cancer in the UK today. This figure will rise to four million by 2030.
889 people everyday hear that they have cancer. It’s so easy to assume it will never be you but there is a 1/2 chance it will be at some point.
Every day 14 people in Hertfordshire hear the devastating news they have cancer, and seven people die from the illness. This will see Hertfordshire’s population of people living with cancer more than double between 2010 and 2030.
During 2013 1,246 people in Hertfordshire called the Macmillan Support Line.
During 2013£852,782 in unclaimed benefits was identified for local people by the Macmillan Support Line.
During 2013381 people received Macmillan Grants totalling over £108,000.
Currently in East and North Hertfordshire, people affected by cancer are receiving fragmented support and care. This is because cancer services do not always have the capacity to meet everyone’s needs, or patients and carers often have to travel to different hospital sites to receive the specialist services they need.
That’s why Macmillans commitment to invest £1.5 million in the design and building of a new Macmillan cancer centre at the Lister hospital in Stevenage is so important. Set to be completed by June 2014, and also funded by a £1.5 million donation from East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, it will be a pioneering facility that provides local people affected by cancer with the care and support they need throughout their cancer journeys.
This new development is a fantastic opportunity for the people of East and North Hertfordshire to benefit from improved services in the region.
Cancer can be such a cruel disease. Lets make sure that nobody has to face cancer alone.