PAH: Head of Cancer Nursing issues vital advice
Health / Mon 28th Feb 2022 at 08:49am
THIS month, we marked World Cancer Day, which starts the first of a new three-year campaign centred on the issue of equity. The campaign theme ‘Close the care gap’ recognises the power of knowledge and challenging assumptions relating to cancer.
This was also an opportunity to highlight our commitment to supporting patients through the diagnosis and treatment of cancer with high quality care and to help raise awareness of the disease.
We continue to focus on enhancing the experience of patients with cancer, working to introduce faster appointment pathways and virtual follow-up appointments.
Our fantastic cancer services team are dedicated to ensuring that patients receive a diagnosis and their treatment at the earliest opportunity and supporting them with the physical and emotional challenges that can present during treatment for cancer.
National data shows that the lifetime risk of cancer has increased and that the rate of new cancer diagnoses will increase over time (shown in the graphs on the right). Reasons for increased incidences include:
· People are living longer and subsequently a rise in age standardised risk
· More cancers are being diagnosed as a result of improved screening programmes, early diagnosis and detection and increased public awareness campaigns
· Reduction in deaths from other illnesses
There are many ways that you can look after yourself and help reduce the risk of cancer:
· Be smoke free
· Maintain a healthy weight
· Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
· Drink less alcohol
· Be sun smart – wear a high SPF
· Eat less processed and red meat
· Eat a high fibre diet
· Be active
· Eat less salt
We are committed to raising awareness and importantly, the signs and symptoms to look out for to support early detection of cancer. For more information, please refer to www.nhs.uk.
Head of nursing for cancer
I can’t believe what I have just read, my friend and neighbour has had the most appalling experience having both lung cancer and requiring a triple heart bypass, with no coordination of care and complete lack of support for his family