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Leicester’s Hospitals’ Bowel Cancer team attending Leicester health event
Press release date12/10/2017
People wanting to learn more about their health, including bowel cancer, have been invited to an event taking place in Leicester on 16 October at Moat Community College, Maidstone Road, Leicester, LE2 0TU from 9.30am until 5pm.
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This is a FREE event and a free hot Caribbean lunch will be offered.

There will be information about health prevention – such as bowel cancer screening by the Leicester’s Hospitals team, a children’s corner with a climbing wall and arts and crafts, while the event will also present an opportunity to celebrate older people’s experiences from the West Indian Senior Citizens Leicester Ageing Together Project.

Karen Emery-Downing, programme manager for bowel cancer at Leicester’s Hospitals, explains why the team are attending: “The bowel cancer screening team in Leicester is keen to work alongside key partners such as the Centre for BME Health at the Big Health Connect Event, to provide information and education about our screening programmes.  

“Looking at national figures, we can see that people who don’t access screening come from particular groups. They tend to be:

•People living in poorer areas

•People with a learning or physical disability

•Black, Asian or people from other ethnic minority groups

“It is important for us to try to reduce inequalities in screening; it is not necessarily, or predominantly, about increasing uptake but about giving people the information to make an informed choice that is right for them. 

“There are many people who will decide not to be screened, which is entirely their choice, but these people might change their mind if we provided better information or make services easier to access, which the team in Leicester are hoping to achieve by attending the event. It is hoped that the event will attract a lot of members of the public wanting a wide range of information about various health issues and gain information about how to remain well.”

Advice on healthy eating will be given as well as the opportunity to hear from leading experts covering subjects including prostate cancer, sickle cell and mental health and visitors can also browse a variety of stalls - along with the chance to be tested for Type 2 diabetes.

It is being supported by the Centre for BME Health East Midlands, which is working to reduce ethnic health inequality in the region by sharing resources and promoting research. The centre is part funded by NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands.

Organiser Pamela Campbell-Morris said: “It’s about bringing people together and promoting health, both in terms of knowledge, awareness and education. The event will also give us an opportunity to showcase what the centre is doing to reduce health inequalities in BME communities.”


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