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08 January 2015 09:13
The number of people living with cancer has hit record levels
The number of people living with cancer is set to hit record levels this year, Macmillan Cancer Support has said.
Including those who have been given the all-clear, around 2.5 million people will be living with the disease or its aftermath. This will mark a rise of half a million from five years previously.
Macmillan CEO Lynda Thomas said this marked a crisis of 'unmanageable proportions', and called for the main political parties to pledge to make cancer treatment a priority ahead of the general election in the spring.
Though acknowledging the positives of having more people surviving cancer, Thomas also drew attention to the impact that has on healthcare resources.
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Thanks to better detection levels and better chances of survival in an ageing population, Macmillan expects the number of people surviving cancer to grow in the future. It predicts the figure will be four million by 2030.
It also highlights a rise in so-called lifestyle cancers, which can include kidney, liver and skin cancers.
Macmillan wants the nation's politicians to demand cancer survival rates to match the best in Europe, but also to pledge their support for patients and also decent, dignified end-of-life care.
01 December 2016
Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike again after a two-day break in their campaign of walkouts.
02 December 2016
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30 November 2016
The UK should think about resuming flights to the popular tourism resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a major United Nations agency.
29 November 2016
Plans are in place to develop a new aviation arrangement between the UK and US, to ensure holidaymakers can still fly between the two countries once Britain departs the EU.
26 November 2016
Hundreds of Lufthansa flights have been grounded after pilots working for the airline took part in a strike.
25 November 2016
The US is warning its citizens that Europe is facing a "heightened risk of terror attacks" at Christmas markets and other seasonal holiday events.
24 November 2016
A groundbreaking radiotherapy machine that can track the changing position of tumours in real time will soon be used to treat cancer patients in the UK.
23 November 2016
Top airline bosses are urging the government to scrap air passenger duty ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Statement.
22 November 2016
Winter sun is now the most popular holiday type, according to new research conducted by travel experts.
19 November 2016
A holiday price increase of 10% on trips to Europe could cause tourists to postpone their getaways next year, experts are warning.
18 November 2016
British citizens will no longer be able to travel freely to Europe without paying a "travel tax" or filling in visa forms under plans unveiled by Brussels.
17 November 2016
London mayor Sadiq Khan has signalled his support for a legal challenge to the expansion of Heathrow airport.