Campaigning to look after cancer carers
The number of people caring for someone with cancer in the UK has risen to almost 1.5 million, an increase of almost a third (31%) in the past five years.
The cancer charity Macmillan is concerned about the growing pressure on cancer carers which could leave them with their own health problems.
In the South East there is estimated to be 173,000 carers, a quarter (26%) of whom spend more than 35 hours a week – the same as a full time job – caring for someone with cancer.
Fran Woodard, executive director of policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “As the number of people being diagnosed with cancer continues to rise, we will see even more people having to care for their friends and family, so we urgently need to ensure the right support is in place for them.”
Macmillan is calling on the government to recognise the specific needs of cancer carers in the new Carers strategy for England and set out a clear plan of how carers will be able to get the help and support they need.
Macmillan offers information and advice to people caring for someone with cancer on its website, www.macmillan.org. uk/carers and support line 0808 808 00 00.