Public Health professionals in Knowsley are supporting Public Health England, NHS England and the Department of Health’s ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of breast cancer in women over the age of 70 years.
One in three women who get breast cancer are over 70 years of age, but diagnosing breast cancer early means treatment is more likely to be successful.
This latest campaign aims to improve early diagnosis of cancer by raising awareness of symptoms and encouraging people to see their GP earlier.
Improving detection and survival rates for cancer is a priority for Public health in Knowsley.
To help support the campaign in Knowsley, Merseyside and Cheshire Cancer Network’s iVAN will be out and about in Huyton and Kirkby town centres. Cancer specialists will be on-hand to identify symptoms, refer residents to their GP, offer support as well as raising awareness of the issue. In addition, staff will advise how women of all ages can reduce their chances of breast cancer by maintaining a healthy weight, drinking less alcohol and increasing physical activity.
The van will be in Kirkby town centre between 10am and 4pm on 7 and 28 February and 4 March. In addition, it will be in Huyton town centre on 27 February and 11 March, between 10am and 4pm.
No appointment is necessary and people can talk to one of the Cancer Information Specialists or a Cancer Specialist Nurse face-to-face. It’s free and completely confidential.
Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health in Knowsley, said “Through this campaign and the activities in the town centres, we are helping to raise awareness of this important issue as well as ensuring our residents receive the best possible help information to help them live a longer and healthier life.”