Cancer Prevention Week

This week has been dubbed ‘Cancer Prevention Week’ by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). On their website they have extensive information on lifestyle changes that all contribute to lowering the risk of developing cancer including; Moving more, staying in shape, eating more plant food, drinking less alcohol and many more. You can learn about them all here. Alongside this they have produced a video highlighting some simple lifestyle changes we can all make to better our health and reduce our cancer-risk. Watch it below and share it amongst your friends, family and colleagues to spread the message.

Richmond Group – Launch of first prevention report focusing on secondary as well as primary prevention.

What an amazing day we all had last week launching the Richmond Group of Charities report to show why prevention must be considered a top priority at the wonderful House of Commons.

MPs including Public Health minister Jane Ellison, Shadow Secretary of Health Andy Burnham, and Lib Dem health spokesperson Paul Burstow addressed the room, providing great support for Physical Activity along with our Richmond Group charity partners. We’ve already seen lots of media coverage as a result on  Health Service Journal, bmj and The Daily Mail . Thanks to everyone involved.

We showed parliament how walking works with representatives from Healthy Walks Lewisham as well as our very own Cancer Voice, Ian Rigby, who all shared stories about how walking has benefited them. We then enjoyed a walk (at moderate intensity) around the streets of Westminster. Read Ian Rigby’s story here

The Richmond Group of Charities is a coalition of 10 of the leading health and social care organisations in the voluntary sector working together as a collective voice to better influence health and social care policy focusing on secondary as well as primary prevention.

You can read the report here which outlines nine key calls to action through which political leaders and key decision-makers can ensure disease prevention is placed at the top of the agenda.