The main risk factor for both cancer and dementia is age. Most people with dementia are over 65 years old. About half of people diagnosed with cancer are over 70 years old.
Each year, about 352,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer and about 850,000 people are living with dementia. Many people with dementia also have several other health conditions, including cancer.
Many people with dementia are cared for at home by a family member or friend. In the UK, there are about 670,000 carers of people with dementia.
Living with two conditions can be very difficult for you and the person you care for. The pages in this section talk about some of the worries you may have and ways to cope. It also gives practical information about getting help and support.
We also have a booklet for people with dementia and cancer. You can order a free copy from be.Macmillan.