Take Control Knowsley!

Published on: Tuesday, 28-October-2014

Residents in Knowsley are being urged to get checked out if they spot any of the signs or symptoms of cancer as part of a new public health campaign ‘Take Control’.

The campaign’s message is clear - you can survive cancer if you go to your GP at the earliest possible opportunity. The sooner cancer is detected, the better the chances of a successful treatment.

To help raise awareness of the importance of early detection, a team of advisors will be travelling around the borough, engaging with residents about the signs and symptoms to look out for, as well as providing a range of information.

The team will be inviting local people to pledge their support for the campaign by having their photograph taken with friends and family members within the Take Control picture frame. The images will be featured on the campaign’s social media sites.

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

“When it comes to cancer there are four key signs to look for; unexplained bleeds, unexplained weight loss, an unexplained lump or a cough lasting three weeks or more.
 
“If you notice any of these, please make an appointment to see your doctor. 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 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.