Cancer campaigners hit the road

Sarah Wood (left) and Elaine Wheldon with Sarah Rushbrooke - North of England Cancer Network Quality and Patient Safety Director.
Sarah Wood (left) and Elaine Wheldon with Sarah Rushbrooke - North of England Cancer Network Quality and Patient Safety Director.
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CAMPAIGNERS are hitting the road to spread the word about being on your guard against cancer.

Be Clear on Cancer community teams have been out across Wearside and Durham to raise awareness of the symptoms of oesophagogastric cancer.

They are heading out and about to make sure people are getting the right information.

Elaine Wheldon, from Roker, and Sarah Wood, from Ashbrooke, are two members of the team, spreading the word about what signs to look out for, using the special Be Clear on Cancer vehicle.

Sarah Rushbrooke, North of England Cancer Network quality and patient safety director, said: “They’re doing a fantastic job raising awareness of the symptoms of oesophagogastric cancer and promoting the vital message that you should visit your GP if you are experiencing anything at all which might be cause for concern.

“We’re keen to ensure we get information about oesophagogastric cancer to as many people in the region as possible.

“The new roaming community team will help us do just that.”

The illness causes 10,000 deaths nationally each year and although both men and women suffer from it, men are more frequently affected, and nine out of 10 people diagnosed are over 55.

Oesophagogastric cancer affects the stomach and oesophagus, the long tube known as the gullet which carries food from the throat to the stomach.

There is a lack of awareness generally about its main symptoms, which include indigestion or heartburn for three weeks or more as well as difficulty swallowing food.

The new team will be visiting shopping centres, high streets and communities in Sunderland, Seaham, Washington, Whitburn, Durham and Chester-le-Street.

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