Partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support

We are involved in a UK-wide partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support which will help to improve the support available to those living with cancer in rural areas.

As part of this partnership FCN will be working closely with Macmillan Cancer Support, including raising awareness in rural communities of the signs and symptoms of cancer and building referral bridges to and from Macmillan’s services.

Farmers, farm workers and people living in rural communities can have lower access to cancer services and support due to the nature of their work and rural life in often isolated areas.

Farmers can be particularly at-risk of certain types of cancer – such as skin cancer, prostate cancer, or cancers caused by exposure to carcinogens.

Cancer can impact a family business that may employ many people and can have significant impacts on an individual and their families – including their housing and extended family situation, or immediate welfare issues for livestock.

  • FCN can be contacted in confidence on 03000 111 999, 7am-11pm, 365 days of the year. Speak to an empathetic volunteer who understands farming life.
  • The Macmillan Support Line is available on 0808 808 00 00, seven days a week, 8am to 8pm.

If you or your organisation would like to work with us to help to support people with cancer in farming/rural communities, email Alex Phillimore on


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