HULL: More than one in five people who are newly diagnosed with cancer in the city lack support from family and friends.
New research released by Macmillan Cancer Support found 22 per cent of the 1,200 patients new to cancer lack support from loved ones during treatment and recovery.
This equates to 250 patients per year, 50 of which will be facing cancer alone.
Fay Scullion, senior Macmillan development manager for the north east, said: "This research shows isolation can have a truly shattering impact on people living with cancer. Patients are going hungry, missing medical appoint- ments and even rejecting treatment altogether.
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"This is why we are launching a new campaign to tackle this crisis and to ensure that, in future, no one face cancer alone."
Visit www.macmillan.org.uk to find out more about the Not Alone campaign.
WEST HULL: A free healthy heart education group is being launched next week.
Hull's Highway To Health scheme is open to people who want to improve their heart health.
There will be free information, weight loss advice, smoothie-making, seasonal cooking ideas, nicotine replacement therapy, health checks for body fat, weight and blood pressure and advice on exercise and coping with stress
The course runs for six weeks from Monday, February 18, at Ainthorpe Children's Centre, west Hull, from 9.15am. Call 01482 303541.