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Stockport unites to beat cancer on World Cancer Day

On World Cancer Day, 4 February 2018, Stockport Council is showing its support by encouraging residents to find out about the importance of cancer prevention and early detection.

Stockport unites to beat cancer on World Cancer Day

Cancer is something that affects most of us. One in two people born after 1960 in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime.

In Stockport, cancer is the biggest cause of death, responsible for around 30% of all age deaths and around 45% deaths of under 75. Around 1,700 new cancer cases are diagnosed amongst Stockport residents each year. While cancer survival has doubled since the early 1970s, more still needs to be done to help speed up progress and see more people survive the disease. It is estimated that 4 out of 10 cancers are preventable.

Cancer Research UK’s Unity Bands, available to buy online or in Cancer Research UK shops for £2, will fund life-saving research that helps to beat cancer sooner. The Unity Band features a classic reef knot design to symbolise the strength of people coming together to unite against cancer.

Councillor Tom McGee, Stockport Council's Cabinet Member for Health said: “Cancer is not something that should be spoken about in hushed tones. Cancer survival is improving and we want to support the people of Stockport to reduce their cancer risk and help spot cancer earlier, when the chances of survival are better.

“I will be wearing my Unity Band this World Cancer Day in solidarity with Stockport residents and everyone whose life has been touched by cancer. ”

Stockport residents can help in the fight against cancer by:

  1. Making Healthy lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthy weight cutting down on alcohol and stopping smoking. For support to make healthy lifestyle changes visit www.healthystockport.co.uk or call 0161 474 3141.

  2. Take up all the offers from the NHS for cancer screening. Screening plays a vital role in the fight against cancer because it can be picked up before there are any symptoms. Getting cancer diagnosed at an early stage means treatment is more likely to be successful.

  3. Know your body and trust your own instincts. You know when something has changed or is not quite right, so don’t delay – see your GP. It may be that your bowel habits have changed or that you spot blood in your pee? It might be that you’d got a persistent cough that hasn’t gone away in weeks? Or perhaps you’ve noticed some puckering on the skin of your breast? Or maybe you’ve lost weight and you haven’t even been trying?

  4. Sign up to be a Cancer Champion. Cancer Champions volunteer to raise awareness in the community about how to prevent cancer and encourage people to take up invitations to cancer screening programmes To sign up as a volunteer cancer champion visit https://www.icangm.co.uk/become-a-cancer-champion/sign-up/.

Information on cancer signs and symptoms, early diagnosis and prevention can be found on the Cancer Research UK website at cruk.org.uk/aboutcancer.

A free Cancer Research UK helpline, manned by trained cancer nurses, is also available on 0808 800 4040, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.