Take Control and know the signs and symptoms of cancer

Published on: Thursday, 04-December-2014

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

The team will be joined by the iVan in Prescot Town Centre (Leyland Street) on Friday, 5 December and Stockbridge Village (car park at The Croft) on Wednesday, 10 December between 10am and 4pm.

The iVan - Cancer Awareness, Information and Support Van - is a walk on, no appointment necessary information and support service where people can talk to one of the Cancer Information Specialists or a Cancer Specialist Nurse face-to-face. It’s free and completely confidential.
The Take Control team is raising awareness about the importance of visiting 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 people’s friends and family.

The team will be visiting the following parts of the borough:

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:

“It’s really important that people understand what a difference early detection can make as finding cancer early improves the chances of treatment being successful.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to visit the iVAN while it’s in the local community. You can speak to our specialist nurses about any symptoms you have, or familiarise yourself with the symptoms you should be looking out for. A visit to the iVAN really does save lives.

“If you can’t get to the van then I’d encourage anyone who sees the Take Control team to have a chat with them and find out more about the signs and symptoms of cancer.”

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