Free cancer information and support coming to a street near you

Free cancer information and support coming to a street near you

News March 11, 2014
Free cancer information and support coming to a street near you

Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile service is stopping off in Nottinghamshire between 19th and 22nd March, including Hyson Green, Kirby in Ashfield, Beeston and Mansfield. A team of information and support specialists will be on board to offer free, confidential, advice and support to anyone with a concern or a question relating to cancer. No appointment is necessary, and anyone is welcome.

March is prostate cancer awareness month so the team will be raising awareness about the signs and symptoms to look out for. Prostate cancer is the most common cause of cancer in men with 114 men diagnosed everyday in the UK.

The most common symptoms of prostate cancer include having to rush to the toilet to pass urine, difficulty in passing urine and passing urine more often than usual, especially at night. However, most men with early prostate cancer are unlikely to have any symptoms, for some men the first noticeable symptoms are from prostate cancer which has spread to their bones causing pain in the back, hips or pelvis. These symptoms could be caused by other problems such as general aches and pains or arthritis, but it is still a good idea to get them checked out by a GP.

Helen Kennedy, Lead Macmillan Information and Support Specialist on the unit, says, “Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in men in the UK. However, survival rates are improving, and as with all types of cancer early diagnosis and treatment will ensure the best outcomes. We would urge anyone exhibiting symptoms to go and get checked by their doctor, most enlargements of the prostate are not cancer but it is always best to be safe.”

More than 15,000 people in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire receive a cancer diagnosis every year, and each of these people require support. The Macmillan team is with you every step of the way. If you have any worries or questions about cancer, whether it’s about you, a relative or friend, come on board the bus and talk to us.”

Our 5 mobile information units travel around the UK visiting local communities, providing cancer information and advice on the ground. Last year they helped an average of 60,000 people a day in over 500 locations.

Details of upcoming visits:
Wednesday 19 March
Hyson Green ASDA, Radford Road, Nottingham, NG7 5FP
10am to 4pm

Thursday 20 March
Kirby in Ashfield, Morrisons Supermarket, Ashfield Precinct, NG17 7BQ
9.30am to 3.30pm

Friday 21 March
Beeston, Town Square, Chilwell Road, NG9 2AN
10am to 4pm

Saturday 22 March
Mansfield, Market Place (near front of Old Town Hall), NG18 1HX
10am to 4pm

Cancer is the toughest fight many people will ever face, and the feelings of isolation and loneliness that so many people experience make it even harder. But you don’t have to go through it alone. If you cannot visit the unit but have questions about cancer, or becoming more active visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00.