But a number of my older patients are single, and their experiences of facing treatment and survivorship alone are profoundly moving.They often want to find someone with whom to share their life—and this is a real challenge.In these groups, first generation inter-partnering rates sit at around 10 per cent, and increase to 30 per cent or more in the second generation and 60 per cent or more by the third generation.I have written about the support that a partner/spouse provides to someone living with cancer—with prostate cancer and for young adults with cancer—and I always include the partner in discussions about treatment choice or sexual difficulties.Want to meet a soul mate who has the same profession as you?
It shows an increase across all ancestry groups, with a large jump in some groups such as those of Greek, Lebanese or Chinese ancestry.
But for some, maintaining a sense of cultural identity remains important in their choice of partner.
And these people are embracing new technology along with more traditional means in their search for a partner from the same background.
While it's too early to know how high the inter-ethnic partnering rate will be for the children and grandchildren of recently-arrived migrants, Australian Bureau of Statistics data suggests that by the third generation it's a common occurrence.
Add to this the fact that many Australians already have mixed ancestry and the idea of marrying within one's own racial or religious group is no longer a given.