When it comes to combating the UK’s biggest killer, early diagnosis is vitally important – that’s why the Public Health Agency and the Women’s Resource & Development Agency are spearheading a breast, cervical and bowel cancer screening awareness programme on the Ards Peninsula this autumn.
The potentially life-saving sessions put the emphasis on fun and allaying the fears anyone may have about what cancer screening involves.
Delivering the three-pronged attack on cancer are Karen Mooney, a Community Facilitator from the Women’s Resource & Development Agency and Peninsula-based Community Health Development Worker Sandra Henderson.
Speaking at a recent cancer screening awareness session at Cloughey, Karen Mooney said, “These sessions are all about de-mystifying the cancer screening process and encouraging people to take the various screening tests on offer. The sessions are light, interactive and fun – or as much fun as we can make such as serious subject.”
Cancer survivor Eric Rainey was also present at the Cloughey bowel cancer screening awareness session and commented, “I can’t urge people strongly enough to get themselves screened. In my case, I was fortunate enough to get my cancer identified and treated early – which can make all the difference in the world.”
Sandra Henderson from the County Down Rural Community Development Network commented, “It’s vital that we increase screening uptake on the Ards Peninsula – an area where there is a perception that certain types of cancer occur more often than normal. Screening offers peace of mind, and early detection means the best chance of a successful outcome after treatment.”
Community groups or individuals who wish to attend or if you would like sessions delivered on the Ards Peninsula contact Sandra Henderson on 02891 828884.
The next breast screening, cervical and bowel awareness sessions will be taking place in October Portavogie venue The Orange Hall , Main Road, Portavogie