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Talking About Cancer: Reducing Risk, Early Detection and Mythbusting
Learn how to talk about cancer risk reduction and spotting cancer early.
1 in 2 people will develop cancer in their lifetime. Talking about how to reduce the risk of cancer and the importance of early detection isn’t always easy, but it can make a real difference to peoples’ health.
You might be worried you’ll say the wrong thing or that you simply don’t know enough about the subject. Our Cancer Research UK experts are here to help.
On this course you’ll learn…
How to talk to people about how to reduce the risk of cancer
Support people to understand what causes cancer and what healthy changes they could make to reduce their risk
The importance of early detection of cancer
You’ll learn how to encourage people to know what’s normal for their body and visit their doctor if they notice any unusual changes.
The skills you gain on this course could also be helpful when talking to somebody affected by cancer.
- Key facts and health messages about cancer prevention, screening and early diagnosis, and how to explain them.
- Confidence for having conversations about cancer that help others take positive action.
- Identification of people’s possible barriers to making positive changes for their health or seeing a doctor.
- Communication methods that can help people overcome these barriers and avoid defensiveness and fear.
- Identifying how our own feelings can affect how we approach conversations.
- Signposting people to the right places for advice and support.
- Creating an action plan for talking about cancer.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Summarise simple, reliable facts about cancer, prevention, early diagnosis and screening.
- Engage those around you in effective conversations about cancer.
- Identify appropriate sources of support and information, and signpost people to them.
- Assess the barriers that can prevent people from taking positive action for their health or visiting the doctor, and engage them in a way that encourages them to take action.
- Develop a plan of action for talking about cancer.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone who would like to improve their ability – personally or professionally – to have conversations about cancer and health.
It will be particularly useful for those with an interest in sharing the causes of cancer, the importance of early diagnosis and advocating for cancer prevention and cancer screening.
The course will be helpful professionally for those working or volunteering in the following healthcare areas: health advocacy, health promotion, care and support work, community health centres and services, GP surgeries, mental health, nursing, occupational therapy, oncology, osteopathy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, dentistry, public health, radiotherapy, sexual health, social work.
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