According to Macmillan Cancer Support, one in seventeen of the people diagnosed with cancer lose their home, while one in six has difficulties meeting mortgage repayments or rent.
Worst affected were the self-employed, with a ninth of them losing homes, showing the importance of seeking debt help when the worst happens.
“This is shocking. Having cancer should not cost you your home,” said Macmillan’s chief executive Peter Cardy.
“These figures show that, through cancer, as many as 45,000 people each year are struggling to keep a roof over their heads and 15,000 have lost their homes.”
In addition, 28 per cent of cancer sufferers with children under the age of 18 struggles with payments while 25 per cent of 35 to 44-year-olds find repayments a problem.
Every year thousands of UK residents lose their homes after being diagnosed with cancer and struggling with mortgage payments.
“These figures really hit home,” Mr Cardy added, stating that personal support, which can include debt help, exists for sufferers.