Information for Health and Social Care Professionals

We work closely with a range of Health & Social Care Professionals who help us to shape our services.  We have representation from health and social care professional groups across the programme.  If you would like to find out more about this or how you can get involved please contact us.

This service is designed to complement existing health and social care services which are provided to people affected by cancer in the city, providing a place to access information and support around the emotional, social and financial impact of a cancer diagnosis in local communities across Glasgow.

In Scotland there are currently an estimated 190,000 people living with or beyond cancer, a figure that reaches two million when taken across the UK.  This number is growing by around 3% per annum which means if current trends continue, by 2030, there could be over 360,000 cancer survivors in Scotland; with breast, prostate and colorectal cancers accounting for over half.

In Glasgow, the statistics are stark:

  • 2,500 new diagnosis each year including 1,100 of working age (the city has the highest incidence and mortality rates in the country)
  • 20,000 people currently living with a cancer in the city and forecast to rise to c35,000 by 2030. If we add carers/partners there will be some 70,000 Glaswegians living with the impact of cancer diagnosis in 15 – 20 years time
  • 91% of all cancer patient households suffer a loss of income and increase in expenses as a direct consequence of a diagnosis. 27% of the city population are classified as income deprived. It is forecast that the proposed changes to the welfare system in the UK will further exacerbate the risk of hardship and financial exclusion of the most vulnerable citizens of Glasgow

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