- Save the dates: Cancerkin Hampstead Heath Walk and Annual Lecture
- Cancerkin promote breast awareness at Newham Council’s Green Street Health Event
- NHS England’s five year strategy to improve cancer outcomes could give patients the power to self-refer for hospital tests
Save the dates: Cancerkin Hampstead Heath Walk and Annual Lecture
The dates have been set for 2015’s Hampstead Heath Walk and Annual Lecture.
Following very positive feedback after last years’ walk, we have decided to once again hold our annual walk on Hampstead Heath, on Sunday 7th June 2015. Over 200 of our supporters joined us for a very sunny Sunday last year, raising over £40,000 for Cancerkin in the process, and we’d love to see even more of you this year.
Our Annual Lecture will take place on Thursday 8th October 2015 and will be given by Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest independent cancer research charity.
Official invitations to both these events will be sent out nearer the time. Meanwhile, please email Jacqui at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest in either event and ensure you receive all of the updates.
Cancerkin promote breast awareness at Newham Council’s Green Street Health Event
On 15 January, Cancerkin’s East London team attended the Green Street Health Event organised by Newham Council to promote the importance of breast cancer awareness. The event proved to be a huge success: we taught32 people how to self-check their breasts and gave out information to many more, which kept the team busy all night! Even the West Ham United mascot, Bubbles, received a lesson in how to check his breasts (as men can get breast cancer too!), which you can see on our facebook page.
Feedback from the event was very positive, with many visitors commenting on the importance of the breast awareness message and the lack of knowledge in the local area. We would therefore like to thank Zainab Shaikh of Newham Council for organising such a fantastic event and inviting us along.
The next East London Awareness Event is planned for 17 February where we will be holding a session at Age UK’s AgeWell Group in Dalston. If you run or know of a community group who would benefit from an awareness talk, please call the East London team on 0207 830 2310 or email email@example.com .
NHS England’s five year strategy to improve cancer outcomes could give patients the power to self-refer for hospital tests
A five-year strategy announced by NHS England aims to find new and innovative ways to improve all aspects of cancer service delivery, including prevention, detection and treatment of the disease. Harpal Kumar, the chief executive of Cancer Research UK (and who will be giving our Annual Lecture in October), has been appointed as the independent chair of the Cancer Strategy Taskforce, which will work to implement these plans and explore new avenues to improve survival rates in Britain.
Currently, more than one in three people living in the UK go on to develop cancer, with half now living for at least 10 years. This is a huge improvement: 40 years ago, the median survival after a cancer diagnosis was just one year. However, despite these improved outcomes, the national survival rate in the UK is lower than the European average, with research citing late detection as a significant factor. “Too many people are diagnosed at a late stage so there is a huge opportunity to do better. The NHS is aiming to increase early stage diagnosis by 10 per cent over the next five years- equivalent to about 8,000 more patients living longer than 5 years after diagnosis,” says Kumar.
The strategy, set to be published this summer, will be piloted by Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support, and will test new ways to drive quicker diagnoses across the country in areas including London, Manchester, Suffolk, Cumbria and Staffordshire. Projects will be led locally by NHS teams in these areas, and will trial different strategies to improve detection, such as giving GPs direct access to diagnostic tests, boosting the role of local pharmacists who can refer patients for tests and enabling patients to book their own appointments for diagnostic testing.
With forecasts predicting the number of cancer cases to increase by a third in the next 15 years, finding new ways to improve cancer services could have tremendous life-saving benefits for patients in the future.