Early detection is key when it comes to cancer.
However, many patients find it difficult to visit their GP, even when they are experiencing potential cancer symptoms.
This week, a brilliant little initiative seeks to change this by promoting positive lifestyle changes, increasing awareness of cancer symptoms, and improving medical care-seeking behaviour for the early signs of cancer.
Irish Cancer Society nurses will be offering free health checks in Market Green Shopping Centre, Market Green Retail Park, Glebe, Midleton, Co. Cork as part of the ‘Your Health Matters’ Roadshow from 9am – 6pm on Wednesday, June 21st and Thursday, June 22nd, free of charge.
“The health check is a free walk-in service,” they told us.
“It will include a blood pressure check, body mass index (BMI) and carbon monoxide (CO) reading and information on cancer prevention, screening, and ways to help spot the early signs of cancer.
“Each health check will take approximately 15 minutes and a referral for a GP can also be arranged where further help is required.”
When cancer is diagnosed early, it can improve the quality of life of those living with cancer, increase survival and reduce the severity of treatment.
In 2022, the roadshow travelled to 20 different locations around the country. To date, over 18,200 people have learned about the importance of early detection, and more than 1600 people have received health checks.