Visitors to Bury’s famous market have been queuing up for lifesaving advice while doing a spot of shopping.
Staff from NHS Bury, along with local volunteers, set up their stall to mark the launch of Know 4 Sure to offer shoppers advice and information about the symptoms of cancer.
The Greater Manchester campaign urges people to look out for fourkey signs of cancer and go to their GP if they have any of the symptoms: unexplained blood that doesn’t come from an obvious injury; an unexplained lump; unexplained weight loss, which feels significant to you; any type of unexplained pain that doesn’t go away.
Market traders and management were joined by Bury Football Club and the Community Action to Promote Early Detection of cancer (CAPED) team.
Claire Rogers, CAPED project lead for NHS Bury, said: “We had a great turn out at the Market. It was a fantastic opportunity to talk to local people and offer information that they could take away with them. Many people are understandably fearful of talking about cancer or simply do not know the symptoms. Know 4 sure aims to fill that gap, and we will be getting out and about in the community to spread the word.”
Councillor Rishi Shori, Bury’s cabinet member for adult care, health and wellbeing, said: “Awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer is low, especially among more vulnerable groups and older people, and people sometimes put off going to see their doctor for lots of reasons. Know 4 sure aims to prompt people to see their doctor if they experience symptoms and are concerned.”
Press release issued: 1 February 2013.
Picture attached: Taking the Know 4 Sure message to Bury Market are (from left) Dr Peter Elton (Director of Public Health for Bury); Jackie Roscow (CAPED Cancer Champion); Dr Kiran Patel (Chair Designate, NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)); Cllr Trevor Holt (Bury East councillor); Cllr Rishi Shori (cabinet member for adult care, health and wellbeing); Claire Rogers (CAPED Project Lead, NHS Bury).