Over 700,000 people of working age are living with cancer in the UK.

Macmillan Cancer Support: Making it Work. (Maddams J et al. Cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom: estimates for 2008. British Journal of Cancer. 2009. 101: 541–547. Estimate for 18 to 64-year-olds at the end of 2008).

50,000 employees in the UK have a second full-time ‘job’ caring for someone with cancer.

Macmillan Cancer Support/Ipsos MORI. More than a Million: Understanding the UK’s carers of people with cancer. 2011.

Over a third of the 2 million people living with cancer in the UK are of working age.

Macmillan Cancer Support: Making it Work. (Maddams J et al. Cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom: estimates for 2008. British Journal of Cancer. 2009. 101: 541–547. Estimate for 18 to 64-year-olds at the end of 2008).

21% have no idea what support their employer offers.

Canada Life research, 2017.

25,153 patients were forced to wait more than the official target of 62 days to start cancer treatment in the UK in 2016.

House of Commons Library research, 2017.

Over 100,000 people of working age are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year.

Macmillan Cancer Support: Making the Shift. March 2013. (Office for National Statistics. Cancer Statistics Registration England. 2009. Information Services Division Scotland. Cancer Incidence Scotland. 2009. Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit. Cancer Incidence Wales. 2004–2008. Northern Ireland Cancer Registry. Cancer Incidence Northern Ireland. 2009).

The number of people living with cancer in the UK is set to double by 2030.

Macmillan Cancer Support. Making the shift. (Maddams J, Utley M, Møller H. Projections of cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom, 2010–2040. British Journal of Cancer. 2012. 107: 1195–1202).

One in two of us born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer during our lifetime.

Ahmad AS, Ormiston-Smith N, Sasieni PD. Trends in the lifetime risk of developing cancer in Great Britain: comparison of risk for those born from 1930 to 1960. British Journal of Cancer. 2015;112(5):943-947. doi:10.1038/bjc.2014.606.

36% of employees fear no form of support from their employer in the face of a cancer diagnosis.

Canada Life research, 2017.

This rises to 45% amongst those already living with cancer – or those diagnosed in the past.

Canada Life research, 2017.

52% of employees believe their organisation has a duty of care to guide them to visit healthcare professionals in a timely manner.

Employee Benefits/Health Shield Healthcare Research 2017.

41% would be uncomfortable discussing a cancer diagnosis with their employer or colleagues.

Canada Life research, 2017.

More than 100,000 people had to wait over 2 weeks to see a cancer specialist in the UK in 2016.

House of Commons Library research, 2017.

230,000 cancer patients are having to wait over a month for the results of X-rays and scans in the UK each year.

Royal College of Radiologists, 2017.

Business losses due to cancer survivors being unable to return to paid work were £5.3 billion in 2008.

Policy Exchange Research Note. The Cost of Cancer. February 2010.

This loss to the economy is likely to increase as the number of people living with cancer in the UK is expected to double from 2 million to 4 million by 2030.

Macmillan Cancer Support. Making the shift. (Maddams J, Utley M, Møller H. Projections of cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom, 2010–2040. British Journal of Cancer. 2012. 107: 1195–1202).

Only 10% expect to be granted protection benefits in the face of a cancer diagnosis.

Canada Life research, 2017.

Less than 40% of people are advised by health professionals about the impact cancer treatment may have on their ability to work.

Macmillan Cancer Support: Making it Work. (YouGov 2010 online survey of 1,740 UK adults living with cancer).

Bosses and colleagues often expect people to get ‘back to normal’ work after 6 to 8 weeks. But recovery can take many months.

Barbara Wilson, Working With Cancer.

1/5th of those who return to work report deterioration in job satisfaction and career prospects.

Macmillan Cancer Support: The Rich Picture. (Amir, V et al. Return to paid work after cancer: A British experience. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. 2007. 1:129–136.

63% of organisations plan to place a greater focus on communicating healthcare benefits over the next 12 months.

Employee Benefits/Health Shield Healthcare Research 2017.