- Cancerkin’s Lymphoedema Clinic needs you!
- Statistics released this week show sharp regional divide in cancer incidence and mortality
Cancerkin’s Lymphoedema Clinic needs you!
Cancerkin is looking for volunteers to work in its Lymphoedema Clinic. The work our volunteers do is essential in helping patients suffering from lymphoedema to receive treatment. So, if you are interested please get in touch. Alternatively, if you know someone who may be interested in volunteering for us, do pass on our details.
Volunteers in the clinic help the Lymphoedema Therapists, who provide the treatment, with supportive and administrative tasks. They greet patients and help them prepare for examination and treatment and also do the administrative work essential to the running of the clinic. Volunteers should be able to demonstrate empathy, sensitivity and understand patients’ anxieties. They must be able to work in a calm and efficient manner. Experience of admin work and knowledge of IT would be desirable but training will be given. Volunteers’ working hours are 0830 to 1330 but frequency of work is flexible and can vary from once a week to once a month.
A detailed job description can be found on our website. If you are interested in applying please either email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Victoria Todd saying why you would like to volunteer and attaching a CV. Applicants should be prepared to attend for interview and to provide references from their GP and one other referee. The deadline for applications is 6 September 2013.
Statistics released this week show sharp regional divide in cancer incidence and mortality
Cancer Research UK has launched a new website that provides a comprehensive breakdown of cancer statistics that can be searched geographically by postcode, constituency, local authority or healthcare area. These local figures can then be compared to the national average or directly with another location. This has revealed large regional differences across the UK in both cancer mortality and incidence rates, with London and the South coming out best and the North worst.
Broken down by area further, residents of affluent London boroughs, such as Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster, were found to be the least likely people in the country to either develop or die from cancer, while northern cities such as Liverpool and Manchester have the highest prevalence and death rate of the disease.
Cancer Research UK said that this data starkly illustrates the existence of a north-side divide and highlights the need for local health chiefs in some of the worst performing areas to do more to tackle causes of cancer such as smoking, drinking and lack of exercise.
Sara Hiom, director of early diagnosis and patient engagement at Cancer Research said: “There has been plenty in the news over the years about [the] north-south divide and a lot of factors will play into that. Incidences are very often a reflection of lives that have been led: deprivation, high smoking rates, high alcohol rates, low exercise – all the things that we know contribute to increased cancer risk.
“If you get well-established communities that are either incredibly well-off or deprived, the chances are you are going to get higher cancer incidences in the more deprived areas, and [the] converse.”
Head of Birmingham Cancer Research UK Centre Paul Moss added: “It has been known for hundreds of years that much of health inequality relates to relative wealth.
“A problem could arise if people see that there are more cases of lung cancer in cities such as Liverpool or Manchester and then assume that it’s because doctors and the health service are not good enough there, whereas in reality it is likely to reflect patterns of lifestyle.”
22nd August 2013