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Boots UK and Macmillan Cancer Support Launch New Role to Help Millions Access Cancer Information

September 24, 2012

NOTTINGHAM, England, September 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

According to new research* almost a third of people affected by cancer felt that they
had insufficient information and support outside of their healthcare team. Boots UK and
Macmillan have specially trained over 500 Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists to help
improve the lives of those affected by cancer**. They will be available in many Boots
stores to help connect people to information and support in their local area.

The launch of the Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist is the first time that the
role of a pharmacist has been extended to include this type of cancer information and
support. It is estimated that 2 million people are currently living with or beyond cancer
in the UK and this is anticipated to increase to 4 million by 2030***. As the demand for
cancer health care [http://www.webmd.boots.com/cancer/default.htm ] is set to rise, the
launch of this innovative pharmacy role aims to help the millions of people affected by
cancer access the information and support they need, in an accessible and trusted

Ciaran Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan, commented: “The Boots Macmillan
Information Pharmacists are the next stage in what is already a strong and sector-leading
partnership that we both are extremely proud of. Macmillan and Boots UK believe that by
sharing expertise and working together, we can reach even more of the millions of people
affected by cancer than we are currently.”

The research also showed that nearly three quarters (74%) of people living with cancer
felt that the information and support they received outside of their healthcare team made
them better equipped to understand their cancer experience:

        - 92% felt it had a positive impact on their emotional, physical or
          financial well being
        - 51% felt able to understand more about their cancer and their experience of it
        - 48% felt able to make decisions that were right for them

Alex Gourlay, Chief Executive of Health & Beauty Division, Alliance Boots, added: “The
introduction of the Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist means that for the millions of
customers that visit Boots pharmacies across the country, they can access increased cancer
information and support. The findings from this research highlight just how important
accessing the right information at the right time can be for people affected by cancer and
the role it can play in helping them to manage their condition.”

Visit http://www.boots.com/cancer to find your nearest Boots Macmillan Information
Pharmacist. For cancer support contact Macmillan on 0808 808 0000 or visit


Notes to Editors:

* Unless otherwise stated all figures are from a YouGov survey of 1,001 adults who
were diagnosed with cancer a year ago or longer

** Boots UK data on file

*** Internal analysis by Macmillan Cancer Support taken from and based on Maddams J,
et al. Cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom: estimates for 2008. British Journal of
Cancer. 2009. 101: 541-547

Research methodology

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1001
adults (18+) who have been diagnosed with cancer a year ago or longer. Fieldwork was
undertaken between 21st August and 28th August 2012. The survey was carried out online.
The figures have not been weighted.

In the survey, the term ‘healthcare team’ referred to the clinical team who delivered
the respondent’s treatment, excluding community pharmacists.

About the Macmillan Cancer Support and Boots UK partnership:

Macmillan Cancer Support and Boots UK are working together to improve the lives of
everyone affected by cancer. Through the partnership, Boots is introducing bespoke
training for its pharmacists, healthcare colleagues and No7 advisors to help deliver more
ways for people affected by cancer to get information and support on the high street, in
local communities and online. Boots colleagues and customers have already raised GBP4.4
million for Macmillan over two years. For more information, visit macmillan.org.uk/boots.

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