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Cancer threatens jobs and studies

Wednesday November 27th 2013

Young people diagnosed with cancer in the UK are worried about their education and future job prospects, a poll by CLIC Sargent has revealed.

Many youngsters are worried that they will be unable to keep up with their studies, as well as being concerned about how to disclose that they have the illness on job application forms.

However the survey also found that some young people with cancer are inspired to achieve their lifelong ambitions.

The report said that around 2,200 people ages 16 to 24 are diagnosed with cancer each year.

The study found that 29% of young people with cancer had to leave education and 93% said that their work had been affected.

A poll of 205 16 to 24-year-olds with the disease found that 67% were worried about the impact it would have on their studies and 74% were concerned about future job prospects.

Around 61% said that their education faced certain barriers as a result of having cancer. 40% said they were concerned about keeping up with their studies, while 37% they thought the disease was a barrier to getting a job.

Copyright Press Association 2013

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