Macmillan bus heads to Lowestoft for free sessions on sun safety and cancer

Martina Mc Gill, Wendy Marchant and Dave Ball with the Macmillan mobile information bus. Picture: Ma

Martina Mc Gill, Wendy Marchant and Dave Ball with the Macmillan mobile information bus. Picture: Macmillan Cancer Support. - Credit: Archant

Free cancer advice and support is coming to Lowestoft next month.

Macmillan Cancer Support's mobile service will be visiting the area, with cancer information specialists on hand to answer questions and provide information. The team encourages anyone with worries relating to cancer to stop by, whether you're living with cancer, or care for someone who is.

And now that summer is on the way, the team will also be providing specialist advice and information about sun safety and skin cancer, although the team will be unable to perform skin checks.

The Macmillan cancer information bus will be visiting Lowestoft on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 6 and 7. It will be parked up outside Cards Direct in London Road North from 10am to 4pm each day.

The number of people developing melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is continuing to rise, with around 110,330 people living with malignant melanoma in the UK, and 13,500 people diagnosed every year. It is the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK, and slightly more common in women than in men. With all of the varying types combined, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.

Wendy Marchant, a Macmillan information and support specialist on the unit, said: 'Skin cancer, if caught early, is very treatable and actually has one of the highest survival rates of all cancers. Being sun aware is key. Our advice is to avoid sun beds, wear a high SPF sun screen with a four-star rating or more so it will block out UVA as well as UVB rays, and cover up in the sun.

'We're also there for anyone else with any worries or concerns, no matter what type of cancer. Whether you've just been diagnosed, are going through treatment or are living beyond cancer, feel free to pay us a visit – and we welcome carers, family members and loved ones as well. We can provide information on a range of issues, including different treatments, financial advice, exercise, getting back to work, or what local services might be on offer for you. You can even just stop by for a chat, no appointment needed.'

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Anyone who is unable to visit the unit but has questions about cancer can visit or call Macmillan free on 0808 808 0000.

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