Tuesday 15th September 2015; 15:30-17:00; House of Lords, Westminster, London, SW1A 0PW

ILC-UK held a launch event for a new piece of research, Rethining Cancer. The Big ‘C’: Quantifying the social and economic impact of cancer. This report, kindly supported by Bristol-Myers Squibb*, investigates the wider social and economic impact of cancer in the UK.

We heard brief presentations from the one of the authors of the report, Brian Beach (ILC-UK Research Fellow), Emlyn Samuel (Senior Policy Manager, Cancer Research UK) and Debbie Abrahms MP (MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth; Member of the Work and Pensions Committee).

Cancer is the cause of one in four deaths in the UK, ending the lives of over 160,000 people every year and causing huge damage to families and communities. Survival rates have improved significantly in recent decades. Advances in cancer diagnosis, treatment and care will enable further progress to be made. However, population ageing is likely to result in rising cancer incidence, with the annual number of diagnoses expected to rise from around 330,000 per year today to 430,000 per year by 2030.

This report highlights the benefits of increasing survival rates and illustrating the value of improving support for survivors. It also evaluates the impact of cancer deaths on our economy, through lost employment, and the damage done to communities, through the loss of volunteers and informal caregivers.

*Bristol-Myers Squibb provided financial sponsorship to cover the costs of producing the report and the event launch. The company had no input to the report and ILC retained full editorial control.