Nurses will meet shoppers as cancer awareness roadshow heads to St Helens
Cancer Research UK nurses are on their way to St Helens to help people reduce their risk of getting the diseasse and look out for symptoms.
The roadshow will be on Church Square on Tuesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 12.
It is part of the charity's continued commitment to making health information as accessible as possible to the public. It was launched in 2006 supported by the Marie Keating Foundation, which was set up by singer Ronan Keating and his family in memory of their mum Marie who died from breast cancer.
Ronan said: “It’s more important than ever that people know to contact their GP if they notice any changes to their bodies that are unusual or persistent, and that there’s lots we can all do to help reduce the risk of cancer.
“The roadshow helps to get these messages out to people as they go about their daily lives in town centres, shopping malls and community centres. My family and I are very proud to support the Cancer Research UK Cancer Awareness Roadshow and we think our mum would be pleased with the work we are doing.”
Cancer Research UK nurses will be on hand to talk about the importance of spotting cancer earlier – when it is more likely to be treated successfully – and to support people to seek help from their GP if they notice anything that is not normal for them.
The nurses can talk to visitors about ways to reduce their risk of cancer by making positive health changes, like stopping smoking, cutting down on alcohol and eating a healthy, balanced diet.
They can also help people to identify steps they feel able to take and signpost towards free local services to support them. They can provide information about cancer screening, where relevant too.
Visitors can access the roadshow at any time on the day to pick up information and speak with the nurses or schedule a repeat visit to get ongoing support.
The roadshow will have social distancing and hygiene measures in place, in line with government guidance.
Sandra Howard, Cancer Research UK senior cancer awareness nurse in the North West, said: “At a time when the world feels very different for many of us, it’s more important than ever that we continue to raise awareness of cancer.
“We are looking forward to talking to lots of people from St Helens about the steps they can take to help reduce their risk through changes like stopping smoking, reducing alcohol intake and keeping a healthy weight. Experts estimate around four in 10 cases of cancer could be prevented each year in the UK largely through changes like these.
“Cancer hasn’t stopped because of the pandemic and it’s vital that people continue to seek help for any unusual signs or symptoms. Treatment is far more likely to be effective when it’s spotted at an early stage, which is why it’s so important to listen to your body and to tell your doctor if you notice a change that isn’t normal for you.”
One topic the nurses are keen to draw attention to is how to stop smoking, as May 31 is World No Tobacco Day.
Sandra said: “If you smoke, stopping is the best thing you can do for your health. Using prescription medication and support from your local free stop smoking service you’re around three times more likely to quit than going it alone.
“Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist or call the NHS Smokefree helpline on 0300 123 1044 to find out what will work for you.”
To find out more about how to reduce the risk of cancer and detect it early, visit cruk.org/prevent or cruk.org/spotcancerearly
To view an up-to-date list of roadshow dates and locations, visit cruk.org/roadshow or follow the North West Roadshow team on Twitter @CRUKroadshow_NW