Su­san part of cam­paign to boost screen­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

The tragic loss of her hus­band, Tom, to bowel cancer was what prompted gran Su­san Lyons to be­come one of three Ruther­glen peo­ple who are fronting a lo­cal cam­paign to en­cour­age the up­take of breast, bowel and cer­vi­cal screen­ing in­vi­ta­tions.

Su­san, along with Ruther­glen men Andy Scott and Mal­colm Cuth­bert­son, are the faces fronting a hard-hit­ting lo­cal poster cam­paign in an area where fewer peo­ple are tak­ing part in screen­ing pro­grammes than the rest of Scot­land.

On Thurs­day, the Min­is­ter for Pub­lic Health, Sport and Well­be­ing, Joe Fitzpa­trick MSP vis­ited Clyde Gate­way to of­fi­cially launch a multi-part­ner project which aims to en­cour­age more lo­cal peo­ple to at­tend screen­ing for breast, bowel and cer­vi­cal cancer - one of the most ef­fec­tive ways to de­tect cancer early and im­prove sur­vival rates.

The‘Screen­ing In­equal­i­ties’ project in­volves part­ners Clyde Gate­way, Glas­gow City Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship, NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde, South La­nark­shire Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship, NHS La­nark­shire, the Ruther­glen­based Healthy‘n’Happy Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust, Peo­ple First Scot­land, Cancer Re­search UK, Jo’s Cer­vi­cal Trust, Celtic FC Foun­da­tion and Thenue Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

The project aims to tackle head-on some of the most com­mon rea­sons peo­ple give for avoid­ing screen­ing, in­clud­ing em­bar­rass­ment, fear of pain, in­con­ve­nient ap­point­ment times, fear of find­ing out they have cancer, or in the case of bowel screen­ing, feel­ing that it is dirty or un­hy­gienic.

Ian Man­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Clyde Gate­way said:“The in­no­va­tive mar­ket­ing cam­paign has been worked up with the sup­port and guid­ance of lo­cal peo­ple, many of whom are ac­tu­ally fea­tur­ing within the pub­lic­ity ma­te­ri­als.

“The project it­self is part of our wider ef­forts to im­prove the lives of ev­ery­one liv­ing in the Clyde Gate­way area and it fits with the wider phys­i­cal, so­cial and eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion that is un­der­way.

“The sta­tis­tics demon­strate that more has to be done to help the com­mu­nity im­prove its health and to ad­dress the long-stand­ing health in­equal­i­ties which is why Clyde Gate­way sees this as a key ob­jec­tive over our next 10 years.”

Seven‘cancer coaches’have also been trained to lead a pro­gramme in the Clyde Gate­way area - which en­com­passes ar­eas of South La­nark­shire, in­clud­ing Ruther­glen, and East Glas­gow - to ed­u­cate adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and their car­ers on the im­por­tance of at­tend­ing screen­ing.

Visit the cam­paign web­site at www.dontskipy­ourscreen­ing.

Gran Su­san Lyons is urg­ing lo­cals to get screened

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