In Australia, around 2.7 million carers provide around 1.9 billion hours of unpaid care each year, giving time and energy to provide hope, support and assistance to those most in need.
In Queensland alone, around 10 per cent of the population are currently in a carers role.
This week is National Carers Week, and Cancer Council Queensland is urging carers to talk about their concerns by dialing through to 13 11 20 for support and information.
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Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said carers faced a range of emotional challenges following the diagnosis of a friend or family member.
“Carers can experience a lot of confusion, stress, anxiety and a range of mental health challenges when someone they are close to is diagnosed with cancer,” Ms McMillan said.
“Often carers feel apprehensive about seeking support as they aren’t the ones diagnosed, but we want to remove that stigma and help family and friends reach out for the help they need.
“One quarter of callers to 13 11 20 are carers, often in need of support to help get them through a difficult time or information to assist with how to care for a patient.
“Cancer Council Queensland offers support, information, referrals and resources to carers – or simply a listening ear if they need it.”
Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 is a toll-free landline call from anywhere in Queensland and offers information, resources and connection to support programs and advocacy services for those affected by cancer, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.