In Leeds rates of cancer and heart disease in the population are higher than the rest of England. A lot has been done to reduce the differences in rates but the battle is not over yet. Evidence is clear that the earlier that cancer is diagnosed the easier it is to treat and the better the outcomes for the patient and their family. Heart disease remains one of the biggest killers of adults in Leeds but evidence is clear that action can be taken to minimise the effects of heart disease by a few small lifestyle changes.
Who are we?
The Leeds Cancer Awareness team comprises of Darren Meade, Karen Fenton and Amy Samouelle who all have extensive experience of engaging communities, health and social care, cancer and heart disease services.
What are we doing and how are we doing it?
The team will be going out into the community talking to people in their own environments such as shops, pubs and clubs, social events as well as talking to people in established social groups. The team area recruiting volunteers to help them spread the message and are prompting people to take up screening appointments such as breast and bowel cancer screening and promoting the use of the free open-access chest x-ray service available in Leeds for the over 50s with a persistent cough.Event info