Talking about cancer can save lives
Conversations about cancer and health can save lives across Bradford and Craven say local NHS chiefs.
Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with Cancer Research UK to run workshops to help people have more confident conversations about all forms of cancer.
The free Talk Cancer sessions use conversation techniques to advise people how to make healthy lifestyle changes and to see a doctor when they notice an unusual change in their body.
One previous participant has already put the skills into practice, helping others find reliable information and take part in screening tests.
Ingrid Dzerins, from Heaton, who is a member of the Women’s Health Network in Bradford and has attended a previous Talk Cancer workshop, said:
“That night, when I came home from the workshop, I was talking to my daughter and her friend and her friend mentioned that she was supposed to be going for cervical screening the following day.
“She said ‘I’m not going to go’ and I said ‘No, you must go’ and we had quite a long conversation about it. It was fear of just putting a foot over the doorway – it was fear of the unknown – that was putting her off going.
“I’m really pleased to say that she went, and she went because of that conversation. And it's a conversation I might not have continued if I hadn't been to the workshop.”