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Cancer costs

13th December 2006

Research from a cancer charity has shown that the disease is costing thousands of patients their homes.

The survey from Macmillan Cancer Support suggests as many as 45,000 cancer patients each year struggle to keep a roof over their heads - and 15,000 lose their homes.

The survey of 1,751 patients found 6% lost their home following their diagnosis – this rose to 11% among the self-employed.

A further 18% had difficulties keeping up rent or mortgage payments, the survey found.

More than a quarter of cancer patients with children under 18 had difficulties keeping up with payments compared to half as many of those without.

A cancer diagnosis can make it hard to work, but it can also mean additional bills for things like extra fuel, food, drug and hospital parking bills.

The charity is now calling for all cancer patients to be given access to specialist benefits advice and financial help and has launched a new ‘Hitting Home’ campaign to help patients check their insurance policies, talk to their mortgage lender and get advice on claiming benefits.

Each year more than 250,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK.

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