Our new report ‘Under Pressure: the growing strain on cancer carers’ shows how friends, family members and neighbours who look after someone with cancer are coming under more pressure than ever before. The report looks at how the experience of cancer carers has changed over the last 5 years. It reveals that:
- The number of people looking after someone with cancer in the UK has soared from around 1.1 million in 2011 to almost 1.5 million today.
- More than half of carers aren’t getting the support they need and the situation is getting worse.
- Almost 110,000 people in the UK are part of a sandwich generation of carers - caring for a parent with cancer while also looking after their own children.