An estimated 110,000 people in the UK are caring for a parent with cancer – and have children living at home.
Under pressure – The growing strain on cancer carers reveals that almost 1 in 10 cancer carers are “sandwich generation carers”. The report, based on research by You Gov for Macmillan Cancer Support, reveals that:
- 89% of these cancer carers are also juggling a job with their caring responsibilities
- The majority (70%) of all cancer carers are now aged 45 or over, up from 57% in 2011
- The overall number of cancer carers has risen by nearly a third (31%) to almost 1.5 million in the last five years.
The research also highlights the challenges these cancer carers face including:
- Up to 70% of all cancer carers experience stress, anxiety or depression
- The impact on their health, working life, finances and relationships
- More than half (55%) are not getting any support to care – a figure that has not improved from 2011.
‘Becoming my mum’s carer just kind of happened. Before I knew it I was in charge of her medication, her doctor’s appointments, paying her bills, helping her dress and get to the toilet. I feel guilty that I’m not able to put my children first. It’s overwhelming at times – but I do the best I can.’ Nikki Crossley, 41, from Kent, cared for her mother with breast cancer
Cancer carers can access support from Macmillan
For more information download the report
Further details – contact
Fiona Smith¦Social Care Projects Manager
Tel: 0207 091 2380 Mob: 07894936364