More than half (65%) of the people in Hampshire – an estimated 1,457,931 people – currently have, or have had, a family member or a close friend with cancer, reveals Macmillan Cancer Support today1. Earlier this year, Macmillan announced that there are currently 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK, which is set to rise to 4 million by 20302.
Overall, most people in Hampshire (72%) know, or have known, someone with cancer – whether a colleague, acquaintance, family or friend.
And worryingly, the research found that 23% of people – an estimated 241,400 people in Hampshire do not feel confident about providing the person or people they know with cancer with emotional support and 30% – an estimated 314,900 do not feel confident providing practical support3.
The charity is using today’s new research, carried out by NFP Synergy through a survey of more than 1,000 British adults, to encourage people to reach out to those they know who have cancer, to help them feel less alone.
Sadly, more than four in ten people (42 per cent) of all Brits surveyed who are living with cancer themselves also have – or have had – a family member or close friend with the disease4.
Macmillan Cancer Support offers information for people affected by cancer and those around them, and its The Source website (https://source.macmillan.org.uk) is hometo hundreds of tips – generated by users of the site – for helping people with cancer. Popular advice ranges from sending a message of support on treatment days, to writing a letter, offering a hug or cooking a meal.
David Crosby, General Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support says, “It’s a devastating reality that more and more people are getting cancer and today’s findings sadly show us that most of us have someone close to us who has been diagnosed.
“Thankfully, people are living longer with cancer, but it can be a lonely time when you are going through treatment and even afterwards, when you are getting back to work, family and social life.
“Whether the person you know with cancer has just been diagnosed, is going through treatment, or is trying to get on with life beyond cancer, reaching out to them could really help them to feel less isolated.
“It might be difficult knowing how to help, but everyone’s cancer experience is unique to them, so there’s no one ‘right’ thing to do or say. Our site gives some suggestions that people with cancer have themselves found useful.”
There are currently more than 400 useful tips on The Source and there are more than 95,000 registered members of Macmillan’s online community, a forum for sharing cancer experiences, asking questions and supporting other people affected by the disease.
For more information or support, call 0808 808 00 00 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk