21st Jan, 2018

Macmillan to be present at Godiva Festival to offer advice on all types of cancer

Shaun Reynolds 18th Jun, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A TEAM of cancer information specialists will be stopping off at the Godiva Festival to answer questions, provide support and inform people about local cancer services.

Open to anyone, the team on hand will be providing specialist advice and information about sun safety and skin cancer.

The team will be present from midday until 5pm on Saturday (July 2) and Sunday (July 3) of the popular city festival which attracted 141,000 people last year.

Currently, 110,330 people live with malignant melanoma in the UK – the most deadly form of skin cancer, with another 37 people being diagnosed each day.

With all of the varying types combined, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.

Joanne Scott, a Macmillan information and support specialist, said: “Skin cancer is very treatable and has one of the highest survival rates of all cancers.

“Being sun aware is key – our advice is to avoid sun beds, wear a high SPF sun screen with a four star rating or more so it will block out UVA as well as UVB rays and cover up in the sun.

“We’re at the Godiva Festival for anyone with any worries or concerns – no matter what type of cancer.

“Whether you’ve just been diagnosed, are going through treatment or are living beyond cancer, feel free to pay us a visit.

“We can provide information on a range of issues, including different treatments, financial advice, exercise, getting back to work, or what local services might be on offer for you.”

Macmillan’s five mobile information units travel around the UK visiting local communities, providing cancer information and support on the ground.

Last year they helped around 74,000 people in other 565 locations across the UK.

Visit www.macmillan.org.uk for further information about Macmillan’s mobile information service.

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