Tuesday, 23 March 2010
A female cancer awareness event is being held at the UCKG HelpCentre on Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park on Saturday March 27. It has been organised by UCKG in association with two NHS hospitals, the Whittington and the North Middlesex, and the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.
Starting at 4pm and due to run for approximately one and a half hours, the briefing will be led by Doctor Narendra Pisal, MBBS MRCOG of the Whittington Hospital. Following his presentation Doctor Pisal, Nicola Douglas of the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity and other expert guests will answer questions. Afterwards, any audience members with concerns will be able to take advantage of confidential one-to-one sessions with nurses where more personal matters can be discussed in private.
UCKG is also hoping to include a testimonial presentation from at least one woman who has resumed a full and active life having overcome cancer. There will be an ‘Information Goody Bag’ for all attendees. This will contain leaflets on different types of cancers, cancer research, and support for patients and their families, as supplied by the NHS and specialist organisations like the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.
The organiser, Chris Boodram of the UCKG HelpCentre’s Community Outreach team, said: “There have been tremendous advances in cancer treatment and care in recent years. Yet as we learn through our work both fear of the disease and lack of basic understanding about it are incredibly common.
“Young women, in particular, do not believe it will happen to them and at the same time are often fearful of discussing possible symptoms with a doctor. We decided to facilitate the briefing on March 27 so that any woman who may be reluctant to visit a GP to voice her worries – for herself or a loved one – could find out more from well qualified medical experts.”
The briefing, which is free, is expected to attract women from all over North London. There will be a fully supervised crèche and refreshments will be provided.
Note to editors
UCKG is a Christian church and registered charity that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort. It reached the UK in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, providing support and spreading the Christian faith. There are 36 UCKG HelpCentre branches in England and Wales.
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