At the end of September, Robin Home Care joined many other groups around the country and held a Coffee Morning in support of Macmillan Cancer Support. We would like to offer a big vote of thanks to the crew at Access Storage in West Ealing who allowed us to use one of their spare offices on the ground floor to set up our ‘cake table’ and use their kitchen to make teas and coffees.
We had a really enjoyable time with carers, clients, friends and family popping in through morning to have a chat, sit, eat cake and donate to a very worthwhile cause. Thank you so much to everyone for attending the event which raised over £500 for the cause, including the tax refund from the Inland Revenue!!
50% of the population is likely to be diagnosed with cancer
All of us know someone who is living with cancer with a study recently published in the British Journal of Cancer estimating that 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. This has been attributed to improved health care which has led to longer life expectancy which, in turn, means that more people will be diagnosed with the disease because it is primarily a disease of old age. More than 60% of all cases diagnosed in the UK occur in people aged over 65.
Cancer survival rates are increasing but there is room for improvement
A study in Lancet Oncology covering seven high-income countries between 1995-2014 found that although cancer survival in improving in the UK, the country performed worse than Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand and Norway.
Cancer Research UK said even though the UK has seen advances in treatment and surgery, the country could do better and called for more “investment in the NHS and the systems and innovations that support it”.
Dr Emma King at Cancer Research UK said “We’re seeing more patients than ever before, and the numbers are increasing year on year. But the resources for treating these people have stayed the same. If we’re going to give them the best possible chance of beating the disease, then we’ll need greater investment and support now and in the future.”
Macmillan Cancer Support provides a vital service
There is still much to be done in the fight against cancer. In this fight, Macmillan Cancer Support provides vital physical, financial and emotional support to a huge number of people to help them to live life as fully as they can. Macmillan nurses are also a valued source of information, advice and support for people living with cancer, their friends and family.
Robin Home Care is proud to support such a worthy cause and we will continue to do so whenever we have the opportunity.