Rethinking cancer: the big 'C': quantifying the social and economic impact

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Creighton, Helen; Beach, Brian; Bamford, Sally-Marie
International Longevity Centre - UK
Date of publication
1 September 2015
Health Services
Social welfare
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Cancer is the cause of one in four deaths in the UK, ending the lives of over 160,000 people every year. Incidence is set to increase significantly over the coming years, with diagnoses expected to rise from 330,000 per year to 430,000 by 20302. This report investigates the wider social and economic impact of cancer in the UK, exploring the losses to families, communities and economy, as well as the significant contributions made by those who live with, and survive, the disease.