Story and pictures by Courteney Noonan
Cancer Research UK’s London Cancer Awareness Roadshow opened on Holloway Road today (April 25th) for three days. The public are being given the chance to get free health advice and a BMI check from a nurse.
The Roadshow has been running since 2006 and was set up in partnership with pop star Ronan Keating and the Marie Keating Foundation.
Thirty four per cent of cancer patients diagnosed in an emergency in England hadn’t seen their doctor before going to A&E, according to a study by Cancer Research UK. The charity says that if people are being diagnosed in an emergency, they’re “more likely to have poorer outcomes as they usually have a late stage of the disease”.
The research also revealed that 23 per cent of patients visited their GP “three or more times before being diagnosed as an emergency”, which could be because some cancers are more difficult to identify.
Roadshow volunteer Tsedal Menghistu, 43, said people should go to their GP if they have a problem instead of waiting for their symptoms to get worse: “We’re promoting prevention rather than a cure”.
People popping in to see the Roadshow volunteers will be able to talk to nurses about their health and find more information about the harmful ingredients of products such as cigarettes and alcohol. You can even find out how much sugar your favourite juice or coffee contains.
Overall, when people visit, the main advice they will receive will be to “Stick to a healthy weight and keep exercising half an hour a day, five times a week”.
Menghistu said although she believes that smoking is becoming less of an issue amongst young people, a lot of them “are still out binge drinking”.
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Roadshow volunteer Tsedal Menghistu