Staff from the Berkshire Cancer Centre at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT) joined with Cancer Research UK, the Macmillan mobile information service and the Berkshire Smoking cessation service to welcome over 150 people from the Nepalese and Ghurkha communities in Reading to a three hour cancer awareness session at the end of September.
The session held at the Wycliffe church, in east Reading, was run following feedback from the local Nepalese and Ghurkha communities attending the Macmillan mobile information bus, and the National Bowel Screening data which shows south Reading to have a lower than average take up rate for screening.
The morning began with an informative talk about the role of a healthy lifestyle in the prevention of cancer, which also outlined the cancer pathway from GP referral for a suspicious growth, hospital investigations and then diagnosis. Interpreters were on hand to ensure everyone was able to get the most from the event.
Following the opening talk attendees broke into groups and information was shared and questions answered through interpreters about prostate cancer awareness, lung cancer awareness, smoking cessation and how to use the bowel screening kit.
Closing the event Liz Riddle, Macmillan Cancer Information Centre Manager at the RBFTl commented: “Thank you for joining us this morning. We are delighted to see from your show of hands that you feel you have learnt something new from our time together, and that you are now more confident on what to do if you have any concerns about cancer and your health.”