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Stats show cancer diagnosis now among most common life-changing events in people’s lives

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 11th July 2017

A cancer diagnosis is one of the most common life-changing events in Scottish life, with more cases than marriages or first births.

A cancer diagnosis is one of the most common life-changing events in Scottish life, with more cases than marriages or first births, according to new research.

Figures published by Macmillan Cancer Support reveal that while receiving a cancer diagnosis is an increasingly common life event, it is the disease or condition people in Scotland most fear getting, ahead of Alzheimer’s, stroke, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes or depression.

The findings were contained in the organisation’s report ‘The C Word: How we react to cancer today’, which is part of a range of efforts to inform the public about the reality of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The report will be followed by a campaign aimed at addressing some of the fear people have around diagnosis and highlighting the support available to people living with disease.

Trisha Hatt, Macmillan’s partnership manager in Scotland, said: “This research highlights that for many people, cancer will be a fact of life.”

“Survival rates from the illness are increasing, and even those with incurable cancer often live for many years.”

“This report is about highlighting what life with cancer really looks like for a lot of people – looking after their children, seeing friends and even going to work.”

“Most people say they want to keep life as normal as possible after treatment. That’s why it’s vital they get the support they need to deal with the emotional, practical and financial problems cancer can cause.”

Read ‘The C Word: How we react to cancer today’ on the Macmillan Cancer Support website (this link will take you away from our website).

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