In Cheshire and Merseyside, 18,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year, but due to new forms of treatment, better screening and healthier lifestyles, this number is reducing rapidly.
Innovations in healthcare and treatment also mean that those who have cancer have a much better chance of surviving if diagnosed early.
To support the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan, £1.35 million has been allocated by the Cheshire and
Merseyside Cancer Alliance through its Cancer Transformation Fund to deliver three distinct cancer
- Bowel and Breast Screening Improvement Project
- Cervical Screening Improvement Project
- Screening Community Engagement Project
The projects are led and implemented by Champs Public Health Collaborative with strategic
leadership through NHS England/Improvement and Public Health England.
For more information on cancer screeing in Cheshire and Merseyside, see the Champs website: https://champspublichealth.com/cancer-screening/
Targeted Lung Health Checks
Targeted Lung Health Checks is a screening programme for people aged between 55 and 74 who have ever smoked.
They are offered in certain parts of England where there is a high incidence of smoking and lung cancer.
In Cheshire & Merseyside, they are being offered in Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and South Sefton.
For more information, head to this section of our website: https://cmcanceralliance.nhs.uk/work/prevention-early-diagnosis/targeted-lung-health-checks
Liverpool Bowel Screening Awareness Campaign
In 2021, CMCA ran an awareness campaign to promote bowel cancer screening within South Asian communities in Liverpool.
The campaign used narrated videos and quote cards to urge people from these communities to do the FIT test when they receive one.
Below is a toolkit with information, promotional material and links to the videos which was used by PCNs, GP practices, community organisations and individuals.
Website and information to promote screening
A website is available to support health professionals in starting conversations about screening for breast, bowel and cervical cancers.
CMCA has supported the creation of the Early Detect, Early Protect website for Cheshire and Merseyside which promotes relaxed conversations about cancer screening, how it works and how important it is in finding cancer early, Champs Public Health Collaborative, led by the nine Directors of Public Health and CMCA, has created the website, which you can see here: https://earlydetectearlyprotect-nhs.co.uk/
With a detailed information toolkit and range of promotional resources, the website aims to educate and empower primary care professionals so they can start more early conversations about screening.