CCGs support World Cancer Day

Encouraging more people to take up cancer screening invites and be aware of any unusual symptoms is the focus of the local NHS for World Cancer Day.

The clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven are supporting the awareness day on 4 February.

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Cancer affects people everywhere and currently 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide each year.

World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to spread the word and raise awareness of cancer in people’s minds. This global event takes place every year and aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by encouraging people to take action.

Proceeds raised from the awareness day will fund hundreds of research projects and support the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses across the UK.

In the Bradford district and Craven, the CCGs are urging people to be ‘cancer-aware’ by attending any screening invites and seeing their GP if they have any unusual symptoms.

Dr Ian Fenwick, clinical lead for cancer at the Bradford CCGs, said: “We have a range of high quality local cancer services that people of all ages can access and we know that a combination of factors, including early diagnosis, fast-track treatment and excellent support services – all things we have available locally, can increase people’s chances of surviving cancer.

“It’s always important for everyone to be aware of any unusual symptoms and get them checked out by their GP, and to take up any screening invites they receive from the NHS.

“Unfortunately, the main cause of low survival rates among some cancer patients is late disclosure of symptoms to a healthcare professional; so it’s really important for people to be cancer-aware.”

Dr Helena Rolfe, clinical lead for cancer at NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We aim to detect and diagnose cancers as early as possible and ultimately save lives. Working with the national Accelerate, Co-ordination, Evaluate (ACE) programme, patients with vague but concerning symptoms that could be signs of cancer are receiving quicker diagnosis with the development of two new services.

“An electronic advice service is helping to identify the most appropriate investigation services for these patients and a weekly multi – diagnostic clinic means they can have several tests in the same place on the same day and receive a quicker diagnosis.

“People with vague symptoms can often present late so we hope World Cancer Day will help to raise awareness of cancer and encourage everyone to seek advice if they have concerns.”

This year’s theme for World Cancer Day is ‘We can. I can.’ exploring how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. More information can be found at: www.worldcancerday.org