CANCER RESEARCH UK nurses will be returning to Rochdale this week helping local people spot the signs and symptoms of cancer.
The Cancer Awareness Roadshow will be at Riverside Retail & Leisure Development, facing Nando’s on Smith Street on July 5th and 6th between 10am and 4pm.
Since it began in 2006 the roadshow has welcomed over 700,000 visitors across the UK, helping people to reduce the risk of cancer and the importance of spotting symptoms early.
The roadshow also provides a welcoming environment to talk to one of the friendly, specially trained Cancer Research UK nurses about the importance of screening for certain types of cancer.
Spotting cancer early can make a real difference as treatment is more likely to be successful when cancers are diagnosed at an early stage.
The experienced team help thousands of people every year and can support people to seek help from their GP if they notice anything that isn’t normal for them.
Conversations and support like this are more vital than ever with COVID-19 having caused disruption to cancer services across the UK. It’s so important to get any health concerns checked out.
Visitors can access the roadshow anytime on the day to speak with the nurses without needing an appointment.
The roadshow is part of Cancer Research UK’s continued commitment to making health information as accessible as possible to everyone.
It was launched in 2006 supported by the Marie Keating Foundation, which was set up by the Irish singer and TV presenter Ronan Keating and his family in memory of their mum Marie who died from breast cancer.
Ronan Keating said: “Just like many families we know first-hand the impact of losing a loved one to cancer. We wanted to do something positive to help people understand more about cancer and the small changes they can make to 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.”
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Cancer Research UK’s formation. The charity’s work has been at the heart of some of the biggest developments in cancer, from radiotherapy to some of the most used cancer drugs around the world today. The roadshow is another way the charity is helping to beat this disease, working in the heart of communities, particularly where the need is greatest.
Sandra Howard, Cancer Research UK Senior Cancer Awareness Nurse in the North West said: said: “Around four in 10 cases of cancer could be prevented each year in the UK largely through changes like stopping smoking and keeping a healthy weight. We’re here to help in areas that need it most and are looking forward to talking to lots of people in Rochdale about the steps they can take to help reduce their risk of cancer.
“Cancer hasn’t stopped because of the pandemic and it’s vital that people seek help for any unusual signs or symptoms. Treatment is far more likely to be effective when cancers are diagnosed at an early stage, which is why it’s so important for people to listen to their bodies and tell their doctor if they notice a change that isn’t normal for them.”
The nurses receive incredibly positive feedback from the public in all the areas they visit. Many visitors share how pleased they are to have the roadshow in their community and how grateful they are for the information and support on offer.
There are many positive health changes people can make to reduce their cancer risk, including stopping smoking, cutting down on alcohol and eating a healthy, balanced diet. The roadshow nurses can help people to identify steps they feel able to take and signpost towards free local services to support them.
One topic that the nurses are keen to draw attention to is how to stay safe in the sun this summer
Sandra said: “Whether you are on a staycation or just heading outside for a walk or a picnic, it’s important to remember the sun isn’t only strong abroad – it can be strong enough in the UK to cause damage too.
“Even if it doesn’t feel that warm, or it’s a cloudy day, it’s still possible to get burnt; a clear sign that the DNA in your skin cells has been damaged. Much of this damage gets repaired, but the body isn’t perfect, and some can get left behind. Over time, damage can build up and, in some cases, eventually lead to skin cancer.
“When you’re out enjoying the weather, sit under a tree with lots of leaves or a parasol, instead of under the direct sun. Spending time in the indoors or shade especially when the sun is at its strongest, between 11am and 3pm, is a great way of protecting your skin.
“Try loose long-sleeved tops instead of sleeveless ones. The more skin that’s covered by your clothing, the better protection you’re getting. Add sunglasses and a hat to complete your look. Wide brimmed hats offer protection for the neck and ears as well as the front of the face. And don’t forget to apply sunscreen for any bits you’ve not covered. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and a 4 or 5-star rating.”
Please be aware that the roadshows are subject to change. To view an up-to-date list of roadshow dates and locations please visit cruk.org/roadshow or follow the North West Roadshow team on Twitter @CRUKroadshow_NW