No one should face cancer alone.
Cancer is the toughest fight most of us ever face. And to make it worse, one in four people with cancer in the UK don't have support form family and friends, while thousands of others experience feelings of isolation and loneliness.
We are determined to make sure that people living with cancer and their loved ones get the support they need. But we can not do it without people like you. Whether you are a family member, a friend or a neighbour, or a complete stranger you can help make a difference to someone's life today.
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. One in three of us will get cancer. We are all affected by cancer. We can all help. Every day over 800 people in the UK receive a cancer diagnosis and two million people in the UK are now living with and after cancer. This means they need more than medical help, they also need practical, emotional and financial support.
We are a source of support
We are a source of support, helping with all the things that people affected by cancer want and need. It’s not only patients who live with cancer, so we also help carers, families and communities. We guide people through the system, supporting them every step of the way. We fund nurses and other specialist health care professionals and build cancer care centres. But we give so much more than medical help.
People need practical support at home, so we provide anything from some precious time off for a carer, to a lift to hospital. People need emotional support, so we listen, advise and share information through our CancerLine, website, support groups and trained professionals. People need financial help to cope with the extra costs cancer can bring, so we give benefits advice, and grants for anything from heating bills to travel costs. Together we listen, we learn, we act to help people live with cancer.
We are a force for change
We are a force for change, listening to people affected by cancer and working together to improve cancer care. People who live with cancer are experts by experience. Together we use this knowledge to make a positive difference to the lives of people affected by cancer. This could be anything from getting a coffee machine installed in a waiting room, to bringing about changes in the law.
We fight discrimination – from challenging unfair travel costs, prescription charges and insurance policies to improving the national benefits system. Together we challenge the status quo, we push for change, we lead the way.
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Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. Almost half of us will get cancer at some point in our lives. Two million of us are living with it. We are all affected by cancer. We can all help because we are Macmillan.
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. At Macmillan, we know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything and we’re here to support you through. We’ll help you make the choices you need to take back control, so you can start to feel like yourself again.
Every day 14 people in Dorset hear the news that they have cancer. And there are already more than 30,000 people in Dorset living with cancer. As treatments improve, the total number of people living with cancer in Dorset will almost double by 2030. This will be enough people to fill the AFC Bournemouth football ground five and half times.
Total number of people living with or beyond cancer in Dorset
2010 – 30,192
2030 – 57,700