Take Control across Knowsley

Published on: Monday, 24-November-2014

A team of Take Control advisors will be travelling around the borough over the next few weeks providing residents with information about the signs and symptoms of cancer.

Take Control is Knowsley’s public health campaign raising awareness of the importance of getting checked out straight away if you spot any of the signs of the disease.

The Take Control campaign message is clear - you can survive cancer if you go to your GP straight away with any concerns. The sooner cancer is detected, the better the chances of a successful treatment.

The team will encourage local people to pledge their support and invite them to have their photograph taken within the campaign’s picture frame. The images will be featured on the Take Control social media sites to help raise awareness and spread the word via participant’s friends and family.

The team will be visiting the following parts of the borough over the next few weeks:

  • Monday 24 November, Prescot town centre
  • Thursday 27 November, Kirkby town centre
  • Friday 28 November, Halewood
  • Monday 1 December, Stockbridge Village
  • Thursday 4 December, Huyton town centre
  • Friday 5 December, Prescot town centre with the iVan
  • Monday 8 December, Kirkby town centre
  • Thursday 11 December, Stockbridge Village with the iVan
  • Friday 12 December, Halewood

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health in Knowsley, said:

“The Take Control team has been busy encouraging residents to pledge their support for the campaign and have their photos posted on the campaign’s facebook and twitter pages. The team will be out and about across the borough again over the next few weeks talking with more residents and raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer.

“There are many different types of cancer with many different symptoms but some of the more common ones include unexplained weight loss, unexplained bleeds, an unexplained lump anywhere on your body, a cough or hoarseness lasting for three weeks or more or skin changes such as a mole changing size or shape.

“If you notice any of these, please make an appointment to see your doctor straight away. The chances are it is nothing serious, but if it is cancer, then finding it early improves the chances of treatment being successful.

“Early detection really can make all the difference. Many people now go on to make a full recovery from cancer and continue to lead the full life they led before diagnosis.”

For more information visit www.knowsley.gov.uk/TakeControl or like TakeControlKnow on Facebook or follow TakeControlKnow on Twitter.