Be cancer safe in Rotherham

by | 7 July 2019 | Notice, Rotherham

Be Cancer SAFE is a social movement which aims to increase early diagnosis of five types of cancer: Breast, Cervical, Bowel, Prostate and Lung. These are the initiative’s priority, as the uptake of screening where offered is low, or there is a high occurrence of late diagnosis, usually through emergency admission.

Treating cancer early can save lives. Cancer Research UK tells us that more than nine in 10 bowel cancer patients will survive the disease for more than five years if diagnosed early. A social movement uses opportunities to talk about cancer as part of our everyday conversations and member share their information with groups, organisations, talking to individuals in supermarkets and working with businesses to make the messages available to staff.

They provide information about what screening is available at what age and the main signs and symptoms everybody should be aware of, but it is not a one-way conversation. When people are comfortable to share their personal experiences of accessing screening, or visiting the GP with a concern, they are able to feed this back to the people who commission these services, giving the evidence to influence changes that can benefit our community.

If you would like Be Cancer SAFE to visit your group or business, please get in touch. They can tailor their delivery to be appropriate for the audience and have worked with a variety of groups who needed additional support, including; Rotherham College, English as a Second Language and Sight and Sound, Visual and Hearing Impairment.

For further information, please contact the Social Movement in Health Project Worker, Jo Farey, at jo.farey@varotherham.org.uk or on 01709 834455 at Voluntary Action Rotherham, The Spectrum, Coke Hill, Rotherham S60 2HX. You can also join the Facebook group: Be Cancer Safe — Rotherham Barnsley or follow them on Twitter: @BeCancerSafe_RB.