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DDRC Healthcare Survey to Aid Research Into Diving and Cancer

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Diving and hyperbaric specialists DDRC Healthcare, based in Plymouth, UK, are canvassing divers who have been diagnosed with cancer as to whether or not they have kept diving during their treatment, resumed diving after their recovery, or given up diving as a result of their illness or surgery.

Cancer survival rates in the UK have doubled in the last 40 years, and the average number of survival years has also increased. As a result, more and more people are resuming their daily lives, work and sporting activities following their treatment and/or surgery for cancer.

DDRC Healthcare would like to gain a better insight into cancer and diving as part of their continuing Health of Divers project. Research has shown that physical activity may have beneficial effects for several aspects of cancer survivorship, and hence DDRC would like to find out more information as to how divers who have had – or currently have – cancer, view the sport of diving. Did it help with recovery, was it possible to continue diving, or did the patient stop diving due to either the cancer or its treatment. 

Given that there is so much more to learn in a field in which there is little available research, DDRC Healthcare has launched a survey and is inviting divers affected by cancer to answer the questions to the best of their ability. The questions are entirely anonymous, and the information untraceable to participants, and hence they would greatly value the input of divers who currently have cancer. 

This project promises to be a very valuable and interesting contribution to diving research, and DDRC Healthcare hopes it will enable them to gain a better understanding regarding this subject. There is a maximum of 40 questions in this survey but participants will not have to answer them all, so it should take no more than five minutes to complete. 

Divers affected by cancer who wish to participate can follow this link to the survey and follow the instructions to work their way through. More information can be found about DDRC Healthcare can be found on their website at www.ddrc.org.

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