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Charity has great concerns over ‘forgotten’ cancer patients this Christmas

New research by Macmillan Cancer Support shows that one in three people with cancer in the UK (34%, 1 million people) are worried about the risk of catching Covid-19 from seeing family or friends over the festive period. This rises to more than a third (42%) of those currently having treatment and 45% of those who are immunocompromised.

The charity is concerned that, with many of those with cancer being clinically vulnerable to the virus, and previous research showing more than 700,000 (24%) people living with cancer in the UK did not leave the house at all other than for essential medical appointments during the initial stages of the first national lockdown, this could lead to a rise in anxiety and loneliness for many.

The charity’s new research further supports these concerns, as one in three of those currently going through cancer treatment or recovery (33%) say that seeing fewer friends and family because of concerns about catching coronavirus is already affecting their wellbeing.

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