16 September 2015
Responding to new research from the HSCIC which shows that 1 in 7 carers in England neglect their own health due to their caring duties Charlotte Argyle, Carers Programme Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“It is worrying that carers are neglecting their own health and that thousands aren’t getting enough support.
“Carers who are not supported can reach crisis point or have a breakdown. As well as being extremely distressing for carers this can affect the health and wellbeing of the person they’re looking after. We know this can lead to unplanned hospital admissions for someone with cancer, or the carer, as well as an increased reliance on health and social care services if the family member or friend is unable to continue caring. 
“Macmillan urgently wants to see all cancer carers getting the support they need. If you are caring for someone with cancer, call the Macmillan support line for free or visit our website. Healthcare professionals can visit the Macmillan website to find more information on how to support carers. The NHS and local authorities also need to play their part by working together to identify carers and direct them to the support they need.”
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2467 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200
today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00
(Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk