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Cancer specialists to answer questions in town centre

Cancer information and support is coming to the people of Lynn on Wednesday 20 July courtesy of Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile service.

A team of cancer information specialists will be stopping off in the Vancouver Quarter to answer questions, provide support and inform people about local cancer services. It’s open to anyone, no matter what your concern – whether you’re living with or beyond cancer, or are a loved one or carer for someone who is.

Now that summer is here, the team will also be providing specialist advice and information about sun safety and skin cancer.

The number of people developing melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is continuing to rise, with around 110,330 people living with malignant melanoma in the UK, and 13,500 people diagnosed every year. That’s around 37 people every day. It is the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK, and slightly more common in women than in men. With all of the varying types combined, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.

Wendy Marchant, a Macmillan Information and Support Specialist on the unit, explains; “Skin cancer, if caught early, is very treatable and actually 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 also there for anyone else 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 – and we welcome carers, family members and loved ones as well. 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. You can even just stop by for a chat, no appointment needed.”

Macmillan’s four 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 over 565 locations across the UK.

For further information about Macmillan’s mobile information service, and planned visits, Check out the MacMillan website.

Planned visits in this area:

Wednesday 20 July
Kings Lynn, outside Vancouver Quarter Shopping Centre, PE30 1DL 10am to 4pm

Thursday 21 July
RAF Marham Families Day, Royal Airforce Marham, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE33 9NB
11am to 5pm

 

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