The report calculates the current cost of cancer diagnosis and treatment in the UK and projects what that cost is likely to be in 2021. It shows that the increase in incidence of cancer in the UK is set to continue apace, mainly driven by our ageing society. However, much work is underway in all of the different sectors involved - public, private and voluntary - to improve how we reduce the incidence of cancer and improve the health outcomes for those who have cancer.
This work has successfully improved survival rates in recent years, in part due to innovations in the products and services that we all use to diagnose and treat cancer. Such innovation can only ever be a good thing for patients, but the pressures it places on increasingly stretched resources will also continue to increase.
To provide a complete picture of how the cost of treating cancer is set to change in the UK, the report calculates the total cost of cancer diagnosis and treatment in the UK - now and in a decade's time.