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Macmillan hosts cancer check ups at local auction marts

Farmers will be offered drop ins and free information during April, Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

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Macmillan hosts cancer check ups at local auction marts

Teams from Macmillan Cancer Support have taken to local auction marts to provide a check-up point for farmers and rural workers.

 

Its six mobile information and support service buses have hosted a series of pit stops across the UK since the beginning of the year and are continuing the service through April, which this year coincides with Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

 

Upcoming drop ins will be held 10-6pm at Clitheroe Auction Mart and 8.30-2pm at Frome Livestock Market on April 11 before York Cattle Market on June 28.


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Geri Timmis, Macmillan information and support specialist, said farmers should be aware of what changes to look for and when to see a doctor.

 

He said: “Do not be scared or embarrassed and do not ignore them if you have symptoms. Get them checked.”

 

Drop in

Bowel cancer is the UK’s fourth most common cancer with more than four in 10 cases in 2013-15 affecting people aged 75 and over.

 

Macmillan has urged any farmers with cancer worries or questions to drop in.

The bus teams will be able to provide a variety of bowel and other cancer-related free materials and answer any queries.

 

How to get help

For more information about Macmillan’s mobile information service and planned visits, go to www.macmillan.org.uk/mobileinfo.

 

For those who are unable to visit the unit but have questions about cancer, freephone Macmillan on 0800 808 00 00.

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