Cancer of all types is the leading cause of death in Northern Ireland and by 2020 almost one in two people will get cancer at some point in their lives. Cancer of all types is much more treatable if diagnosed early. Unfortunately 45% of cancer patients in Northern Ireland are diagnosed at the later stages, stage 3&4. Self-examining, attending for screening when invited and knowing what to look out for really can make a difference.

WRDA’s ground breaking Breast, Cervical and Bowel Screening Awareness programme was developed to tackle the low uptake of screening invitations by women living in some areas of Northern Ireland. The programme is delivered by Community Facilitators who have completed our accredited Level 3 Certificate in Learning and Development. The programme consists of three sessions and aims to raise awareness of the screening available, encourage participants to attend for screening and explores and addresses any fears surrounding the screening process.

The programme can also be tailored to meet the requirements of groups with additional needs such as sight impairment, learning disability and speakers of other languages. The programme is available free for community groups, if you would like to find out more call the office on 028 9023 0212.

In June WRDA’s social media accounts will be focussing on promoting awareness of breast, cervical and bowel cancers and what you can do to protect yourself. To stay informed follow us on Twitter (@WRDA_team) and Facebook (@WomensResourceandDevelopmentAgency).

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