Cancer prevention drop in session

The Lewis and Harris Breast Cancer Support Group and NHS Western Isles are offering Cancer Prevention Drop-in sessions on Wednesday, to mark Cancer Prevention Week.

Linking in to the national Detect Cancer Early campaign, the sessions will be run by specialist NHS Western Isles staff and members of the local Breast Cancer Support Group, and on offer will be breast awareness sessions, the opportunity to speak with professionals in confidence about any cancer-related concerns, handy information about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and help prevent cancer, and information on how to spot signs and symptoms.

The sessions will be held on the Well North Bus which will be based in the Co-op Car Park in Stornoway on Wednesday 16th May from 11am until 2pm.

Members of the public are welcome to drop-in (no appointment necessary) for a chat, information or advice.

NHS Western Isles Nurse Director/Chief Operating Officer Nigel Hobson said: “Early detection is crucial to improving cancer survival rates. We would encourage people to take advantage of the drop-in sessions to obtain important advice and information on how to reduce their own risk of cancer, and to learn about some of the early signs and symptoms of cancer.

“The national Detect Cancer Early campaign aims to save more than 300 lives by 2016, and raising awareness is key to saving lives.

“Through local awareness sessions, such as the one being held on Wednesday, we want to help address people’s fear and lack of knowledge about the prospects of survival from cancer, as well as tackling their apprehension to approach their doctor.”