Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Home Health Plan is created to fight Telford cancer rates

Plan is created to fight Telford cancer rates

Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group said it is addressing the problem after numbers have shown that cancer kills more people than any other disease in the area.

The CCG has begun developing a strategy that will provide training for another 200 health and social care professionals who will hold talks with patients to encourage them to take cancer screenings.

Experts have said that the problem in Telford & Wrekin is partly due to poor early detection.

A program has already been established, with the CCG working with Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK, the Telford & Wrekin Council, and the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH).

This partnership has already improved cancer prevention efforts in the region, including through the Be Clear on Cancer campaign.

In August, the Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire Cancer Group will consider another two-year cancer death reduction strategy.

Edith MacAlister of Telford & Wrekin CCG said she received advice for the people in the community.

She said, "Be aware and make sure your entire family knows that four out of ten cancers are preventable, preventing cancer by not smoking or quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating more fruits and vegetables and processed foods that reduce red meat and salt and drink less than 14 units of alcohol per week.

"Cancer Screening saves thousands of lives every year by tackling cancers and early-stage cancers, especially colon cancer and cervical cancer, so make sure you and your entire family are on regular checkups.

"Watch for signs and symptoms of cancer that are new or unusual to you.

"Do not hesitate to worry about what it might be, or that you think you would waste the time of the family doctor, it will be checked immediately and reassure you.

"Cancer survival is not all about early diagnosis. Improvements and consistency of treatment is also crucial and CCG commissioners are working with SaTH to improve a number of cancer pathways."

Last week, nearly one-third of Telford & Wrekin's deaths were from cancer, accounting for 28.9 percent of deaths in 2016, according to Public Health England's latest available figures.

The figure is nearly one percent higher than the national mortality rate – and two percent higher than the rest of Shropshire.

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