Be Cancer Aware
‘Be Cancer Aware’ is FREE peer education training, designed to support people with learning disability, families and carers understand more about cancer.
From the CIPOLD (Confidential inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disability) inquiry and LeDeR (Learning from deaths review) reports we know:
- For people with a learning disability, cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage, with concerns of diagnostic overshadowing and a lack of reasonable adjustments to support diagnosis and treatment.
- There are significantly lower uptake rates across all screening programmes.
- Those with a diagnosis of cancer are less likely to: be informed of their diagnosis and prognosis, be involved in decisions about their care, be given pain relief or receive palliative care.
Benefits of ‘Be Cancer Aware’
‘Be Cancer Aware’ gives people the opportunity to learn about cancer in a supportive environment. Information is accessible and gives people the opportunity to ask questions.
We use role play, flash cards, stories, games and videos.
The course gives information on:
- what to do if you have a concern,
- what happens when you go to the GP/hospital,
- cancer risks,
- screening and where you can get support.
During 2020 we have developed a range of videos to support Be Cancer Aware and raise awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer and how to reduce your risk.
Reducing my cancer risk
Our new campaign Reducing my cancer risk shows what the Be Cancer Aware team are doing to reduce their cancer risk. The team have produced a video and are sharing images through social media.
You can join the team and share what you are doing to reduce your cancer risk at #reducingmycancerrisk on twitter @necldnetwork or on facebook @NorthernCancerAlliance
If you know a group in the North East or Cumbria who would like to know more about reducing their cancer risk, get in touch and we can arrange a quiz based fun education session delivered by one of our teams.
Be Cancer Aware Videos
Be Cancer Aware: What we do
Be Cancer Aware: Signs of cancer
Be Cancer Aware: Lung Cancer
Comments from participants
“My sister had cancer. It was good to talk about it today”
“My knowledge about cancer has improved, first time done anything about cancer”
“This was fabulous! Great range of activities. Lovely atmosphere. Everyone involved. Great to use real examples of people with learning disability. Well presented. Great to dispel the myths.”
“Why is it that cancer awareness has not been talked about to adults with a learning disability?”
For more information or to book a training course
Contact: [email protected] / 07860177981 to find your closest provider
Cumbria – People First Independent Advocacy
Durham – Durham County Council
Gateshead and South Tyneside – Your Voice Counts
Middlesbrough – Camphill Village Trust
Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland – Skills for People
Redcar – Skills for People
Sunderland – Sunderland People First