Talking Cancer
Wednesday 05 December 2018 at 9am - noon

Talking Cancer

Centre For Life

WHAT: Join Cancer Champions and a range of local, regional and national charities to explore what role they can play in increasing the awareness of the risk factors and the signs and symptoms of cancer, increasing the uptake of cancer screening, and decreasing the number of late presentations with cancer. The ultimate goal being to improve the cancer outcomes for people living in areas of higher need across the city.

WHO:  GP Dr Mike Scott, Public Health expert; Dr Tricia Cresswell, CEO of Newcastle Council for Voluntary Services; Sally Young, community development leader; Ben Gilchrist (Manchester Cancer Champions), Norma Thompson – public health and community health role in living with and beyond cancer and local cancer Champions   

WHERE: The Grainger Suite, Centre for Life Conference Suite, NE1 4EP at 9am until 12.00, on 5 December, 2018.

WHY: In order to reduce health inequalities in Newcastle we need to improve how we promote an understanding of the relevance of lifestyles, screening and early presentation in reducing the risks of cancer and improving the outcomes of cancer:  addressing some of the current barriers to positive health behaviours, such as long held myths and ‘normal’ habits such as smoking.

The VCSE (Voluntary, Community& Social Enterprise)sector can look at this in two ways: our organisations already work with people who have the least resources to manage this without the right type of support, and have access to recruit and support local volunteers who are best placed to have the right conversations with friends, neighbours and relatives to provide the initial motivation needed to achieve change, on any scale.

Supporting information: NHS England Board “scene setter” paper on current trends in health inequalities.

Overall: patients in the most deprived CCGs (bottom quintile by average IMD score) are about 5% age points less likely to be diagnosed at stage 1 & 2 (2016).

Screening: Patients in the most deprived areas are less likely to be diagnosed through screening than those in the least deprived areas. Black patients are considerably less likely to be diagnosed through screening. 

Emergency presentation: For almost all cancers, patients in the most deprived areas are more likely to be diagnosed through emergency presentations.

“Newcastle is one of the 20 per cent most deprived districts/unitary authorities in England, with about 29 per cent (13,800) of children living in low income families. Life expectancy for both women and men is lower than the England average. Within Newcastle, the difference in life expectancy is 13.1 years lower for men and 10.9 lower for women in the most deprived areas compared to the least. The STP has set out an ambition to reduce the premature mortality gap between the STP area and England by half by 2021 by focusing on cancer, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease”.

Finishes at 12:00

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