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The University of Southampton
Psychology

Research project: Cancer: Life Affirming Survivorship support in Primary care (CLASP) programme

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Roughly 2.5 million people in the UK are cancer ‘survivors’ – meaning people who have finished primary treatment, whether or not they are cured. The number is rising to an estimated 4 million by 2030. Recent national surveys suggest that 47% of survivors live with either moderately bad or very bad fear of the cancer coming back. Distress is common (37% report anxiety or depression, 31% mood swings), as is fatigue (43%) and sleep problems (43%). Almost 30% take no exercise at all.    

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