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Questions about cancer?

Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging Solihull residents to come along on 23rd February if they have any questions on Cancer as experts will be on hand to speak to.  The Mobile Information and Support Service (MISS) tours the UK throughout the year, offering free, confidential information and support to people in their communities and they are coming to your area.

There is no appointment necessary, so just turn up at Mell Square in Solihull from 10am to 4pm and talk to the friendly specialists on board the Macmillan Bus, Betty.  Last year the bus toured twice in Solihull and saw 211 people, so it’s worth coming along.

Sarah Weston from Macmillan Mobile Information Service said:

“It’s really important that people living with cancer are able to access the financial advice and support they are entitled to, so they can focus on what’s most important: their health. We can help signpost people to Macmillan benefits advisers who can provide free, confidential advice.

“On 23rd February, we’re here to answer any questions about cancer. Whether you want to know what symptoms to look out for, need advice about managing the side effects of your treatment, or want to find local support for carers, come along and see us. We’d be happy to help.”

The latest cancer statics*shows that in Solihull we are seeing a higher rate of new cancer cases against the national average (685 new cases per 100,000 population, against the national average of 614). 

Dr Patrick Brooke, Chief Officer NHS Solihull CCG, said:

“More than four in ten cases of cancer could be prevented by lifestyle changes, such as not smoking, keeping a healthy body weight, cutting back on alcohol, keeping active, and others.  Looking at the higher than national average rate more can be done to bring these figures down and talking to an expert could be the first step.”

In February Public Health is launching a campaign ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ which aims to improve early diagnosis of cancer by raising awareness of signs and symptoms.  The campaign urges people with the relevant symptoms to see their GP without delay so if you’re worried about cancer in any way both the Macmillan Bus and Public Health’s campaign is on hand to offer help and support.