Cam­paign­ing to look af­ter cancer car­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

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.

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