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Cancer sufferers' careers 'damaged'

Tuesday March 30th 2010

A leading cancer charity has called on the Government to do more for sufferers of the disease after it emerged more than half were forced to quit work or study or have their role or hours cut.

A study by Macmillan Cancer Support found that 57% of respondents had to make drastic changes to their working lives.

While 70% of those quizzed said their income fell, by an average of 50%, eight out of 10 had no advice or warnings about the effects of cancer on their career.

A financial safety net against such a scenario would be income protection insurance, which pays benefits to policyholders who are incapacitated and unable to work due to illness or accident.

Ciaran Devane, chief executive of Macmillan, said: "Every year in the UK 106,000 people of working age are diagnosed with cancer, with many having to juggle jobs, treatment and the long-term effects of the disease.

"Parties must ensure that all working-age cancer patients are offered return-to-work support as part of a complete after-care programme designed to help them manage the long-term effects of treatment and get their life back to normal."

Copyright © Press Association 2010

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