Charity a partner in Carers Week

MORE and more people are living with cancer because increasing incidence of earlier diagnosis and better treatments.

This has resulted in a growing need for people who care for someone with cancer. They could be caring for their mum or dad, their sister or brother. It could be a friend, grandparent, or an aunt or uncle.

With one in eight adults (around six million people) looking after a family member, friend or partner, who need help because they are ill, frail or have a disability, it’s more important than ever that they aren’t forgotten and they get the help and support they need.

Macmillan has been an official partner of Carers Week (June 13 to 19) for seven years now.

This year, the theme is ‘The True Face of Carers’ and calls for greater recognition for the diverse range of people who look after somebody else.

Being a partner means we can ensure that the needs of carers of people living with cancer are highlighted and not forgotten.

Whether you have a friend who has cancer or are involved in the care of a relative or partner, there is a wealth of information and support available.

For cancer support at home, call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 0000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/carers

CIARAN DEVANE

Macmillan Cancer Support