Cancer iVAN in Knowsley – Friday 11 & Thursday 17 March

Published on: Thursday, 10-March-2016

The It campaign street team will be out with the iVAN in Knowsley this week and next, helping to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer and promoting the importance of early detection.  
 

The iVAN team can offer information and advice on a wide range of health and lifestyle queries not just in relation to cancer. The service is free and completely confidential and no appointment is necessary. Cancer iVan

The iVAN team will be on-hand from 10am to 4pm on Friday 11 March in Prescot town centre and on Thursday 17 March in Kirkby town centre.

The it campaign street team will be working alongside the iVAN urging local residents to pledge their support for the campaign, which aims to encourage more people to better understand how cancer affects us and what we can do to tackle it. They will be encouraging anyone with concerns or queries to step on board and speak to an expert.

Cllr Eddie Connor, Cabinet Member for Public Health & Wellbeing, said

“We all lead busy lives and sometimes don’t get around to making an appointment with our GP, but on Friday the iVAN will be in Prescot town centre and next Thursday it will be in Kirkby town centre, so I would encourage as many people as possible to call in. 

“You can speak to our specialist nurse about any symptoms you have, or familiarise yourself with the symptoms of cancer you should be looking out for.

“It’s also a great opportunity to get involved with our it campaign to help us get the whole community thinking about, talking about and taking action against it. The campaign aims to get more people to better understand how cancer affects us and what we can do to tackle it.”

Dr Andrew Pryce, Chair of Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
 
“Detecting cancer at an early stage can make a huge difference to the treatments people receive and survival rates from cancer.
 
“Weight loss, a persistent cough, blood in your pee or stool, unexplained pain or lumps, changes in skin moles and difficulties swallowing are some of the symptoms that may need checking out. Ivan is on hand to not only offer advice on any concerns but also let people know how they may help reduce their chances of getting cancer.”
 
To find out more about it, visit healthyknowsley.co.uk. To keep up-to-date with the campaign following it on twitter @itknowsley and joining the facebook page at @itknowsley.