Have you had an appointment letter?
The County Durham Wellbeing for Life service is working in the local community to promote breast screening and encourage women to attend their screening appointments.
Wellbeing for Life are working in partnership with local GP surgeries and community venues to give women in County Durham the opportunity to find out more about breast screening.
1 in 8 women and 1 in 870 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. There were 54,800 new cases of breast cancer in the UK in 2014.
The NHS Breast Screening Programme invites all women aged between 50 and 70 for screening every 3 years. You need to be registered with a GP to receive the invitations. If you are older than 70, you can still have screening every 3 years but you won't automatically be invited. To make an appointment, talk to your GP or your local breast screening unit.
It is important to know your body and get checked out if anything changes that is not normal for you. 15,500 breast cancers are diagnosed through screening in the UK each year.
Vicki Moffat, Wellbeing Coordinator said ‘The number of women attending their breast screening appointments has fallen since 2011. Breast Cancer is not just a lump. Going for breast screening can find abnormalities which you wouldn’t necessarily be able to feel or see, so it is really important that you keep your screening appointments.’
Breast screening saves around 1,500 lives every year in the UK. Screening aims to find breast cancers early. Very early breast cancers are usually easier to treat, may need less treatment, and are more likely to be cured It is important to go for your breast screening whenever you are invited.
For further information, please contact Vicki Moffat, Wellbeing for Life Coordinator (East Durham Hub) on 0191 5274150
Reference source: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org
Eat Wise and Drop a Size **Current**
The Wellbeing for Life service are delivering an exciting new FREE course in Croxdale. Eat Wise Drop a Size is a friendly class that can support you to make healthier food choices and lose weight.
The class runs weekly on Mondays 1-2.30pm at Croxdale Community Centre and will include a weekly weigh in, recipe ideas and tips on living a healthier and happier lifestyle.
Health Trainer Jacklyn McCourt is running the sessions and says “Healthy eating is not just about managing your weight; it is also about improving your general wellbeing.
There are many benefits of eating healthier and/or losing weight, the most important one is the reduced risk to your health. Whatever your age, eating healthy can help you lead a healthier and happier life as well as reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, strokes and some cancers.
By making a few simple changes to your food and drink choices you will really start to see and feel the benefits. We will work with you for 8 sessions to set goals and provide handy hints and tips, as well as regular support to make sure you are achieving them.”
People can just turn up or if you would like further information contact Jacklyn on 07833 593421
The Wellbeing for Life service supports people to live well, by helping to address the factors which influence their health. The service will build capacity to enable people to be independent, resilient and maintain good health for themselves and those around them.
There will also be the opportunity to get extra support on a 1-1 basis from the Wellbeing for Life Health Trainers. Health Trainers can support you and your community to improve your wellbeing, signposting you to other local services where necessary.
For further information on the Wellbeing for Life service and how it can help you contact freephone: 0800 8766887 or visit:http://www.wellbeingforlife.net, Facebook: @CountyDurhamWellbeingForLifeService Twitter: @ WBFL_Durham