Cancer service targets ethnic minorities

Dorset Echo: Cancer service targets ethnic minorities Cancer service targets ethnic minorities

A MOBILE cancer support service will soon pay a visit to people in Weymouth and Dorchester.

July is Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month and Macmillan believes that no matter what your age, gender or ethnicity, everyone affected by cancer is entitled to the best possible support, advice and information.

Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile service is stopping off at Weymouth on Tuesday, July 8 and Dorchester on Wednesday, July 9.

It will include a team of information and support specialists to offer free, confidential advice and support to anyone with a concern or a question relating to cancer. Jeanette Eason, of Macmillan, said: “Cancer affects all communities, so everyone should be aware of it.

“We understand that someone affected by cancer is not just a patient but an individual, and cancer care and support needs to be made more relevant to a diversity of people and their personal, spiritual and cultural beliefs.

“Macmillan provides a range of information in other languages and accessible formats and our helpline also has a translation service available.

“We can also signpost to local Macmillan services and self-help and support groups in your community.

“We are here to support anyone affected by cancer with any questions they may have to help make sure no-one faces cancer alone.”

Around 13 per cent of the UK population consider themselves to belong to a Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) group and Macmil-lan research has shown that people from BME communities overall have a poorer experience of NHS cancer services.

Last year they helped around 60,000 people in over 500 locations across the UK.

Details of the visit: The King’s Statue, Esplanade in Weymouth between 10am and 4pm on July 8.

Fairfield Road, Weymouth Avenue in Dorchester, between 8am and 2pm.

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