Be Cancer Safe

Reds in the Community are backing a local campaign to help Barnsley Be Cancer Safe.

People in our area are less likely to take up cancer screening or to see their GP if they have concerns.

Because of this, cancers are picked up at a later stage, when treatment is less effective.

To change this, Reds in the Community are working with Be Cancer Safe to make people aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer, know what screening is available and increase the number of people diagnosed at an earlier stage.

The ‘Be Cancer Safe’ team are talking to individuals, groups and businesses, to help share the ‘Be Cancer Safe’ message:

  • Screening – Be aware of Screening ages and ‘Take Up.’
  • Awareness – Be aware of Signs and Symptoms, know your own body.
  • Fast – Act ‘Fast’ if you notice something has changed and go to your GP.
  • Early – Early diagnosis is key to survival.

You can make a difference just by chatting to friends & family, spreading the word and helping increase the number of people attending screenings.

There’s no need to be a medical expert, simply talking and sharing stories can help raise awareness.

While anyone can be affected by cancer, treatment is easier and more successful following an early diagnosis.

By doing this, you can become a Be Cancer Safe ‘champion,’ and potentially save lives in the process.

Being a ‘Cancer Champion’ is as simple as:

  • Going with someone to an appointment
  • Encouraging people not to ignore letters inviting them for ‘Screening.’
  • Telling someone who is ‘never ill’ to register with a GP.
  • Nagging people to get their latest ailment checked out.
  • Reassuring friends that a ‘Smear Test’ isn’t as bad as they may think.

You can find more information on how to Be Cancer Safe via their website, where there is also useful facts on:

  • Prostate  Cancer– Most common cancer in the UK affecting men
  • Bowel Cancer – Screening starts age 60 and is done at home.
  • Cervical Cancer– 1 in 3 women under 29 not attending screening (Jo’s Trust Website).
  • Breast Cancer– Screening every 3 years between 50 and 70.
  • Lung Cancer – Most Lung Cancer is diagnosed at Stage 4 (Cancer Research UK).

If you are interested in learning more about Be Cancer Safe or would like to book a speaker or stall for your group, event, business or organisation, please talk to a member of the Be Cancer Safe team on 01709 829821 while you can follow them on Twitter @BeCancerSafe_RB.