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'Focus On' Macmillan in Worcestershire
May marks the arrival of Sun Awareness Week (4 -10 May) and Worcestershire Macmillan Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist (CNS) Charlotte Gray is supporting this initiative and encouraging residents across the county to stay safe in the sun and be aware of the signs and symptoms of skin cancer.
Charlotte joined the dermatology team in 2009 as Worcestershire’s first Skin CNS and works across the three main hospital sites providing expert care and support for skin cancer patients. She acts as their main point of contact ensuring their care is coordinated and provides support with the physical and emotional impact of their diagnosis.
Skin cancer is one of the most common and fastest increasing types of cancer in the UK so it is vital to check your skin and be aware of what to look out for and it is also helpful to keep an eye on each other’s skin. Charlotte says, ‘Every couple of months I recommend doing a top-to-toe skin check. If you notice a mole that has changed in size, shape or colour (often they will stand out as being different to any others on your skin) or have a persistent non-healing ulcer, lump or sore you should seek the advice of your GP, it may not be skin cancer but it is always best to be sure.’
Charlotte also delivers vital sun awareness education at schools across Worcestershire. The majority of skin cancers can be cured if they are caught early enough and educating adults and children about how to be aware of their skin is crucially important. She promotes messages such as using high factor suncream (SPF 30), wearing sun protective clothing (including hats and sunglasses) and staying in the shade between the hours of 11am and 3pm.
Derek from Worcester has been supported by Charlotte. He says, ‘From the moment I was diagnosed with skin cancer I came under the wing of Charlotte. She was there to support me in every way possible throughout my cancer journey and I can't stress enough how this has helped me through this difficult period in my life. I regard Charlotte as a close friend who has been a rock to my family and me, she is always there for us and always ready to help in any way, we meet often for a chat and a coffee and to keep up to date on my ongoing treatment. Charlotte and Macmillan have supported us every step of the way during this stressful period of my life, words alone cannot express my sincere thanks.’
Charlotte adds, ‘Macmillan represents such a lot these days; to be a Macmillan professional is both a responsibility and a privilege. It is a title that I carry with great pride. A big part of my role is about being there to listen to patient’s worries and concerns and also to signpost them on to additional local support. The Macmillan Cancer Information Centres at each of the three main hospital sites are a hugely valuable resource and I regularly refer to the Worcestershire Macmillan CAB caseworkers. I also link with the Community Macmillan nurses.
‘These are exciting times, the opening of the new Worcestershire Oncology Centre with a radiotherapy service in the county are really positive developments that will benefit some of those diagnosed with skin cancer.’
From 6 May an information stand about sun awareness and skin cancer will be in the foyer of the Worcestershire Royal Hospital with leaflets and sun screen samples.
If you’re facing cancer it can be a lonely and upsetting time. It’s important to know support is there for you. If you have questions about cancer, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call 0808 808 00 00.
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More about Macmillan in Worcestershire
Macmillan Cancer Support offers a wide range of clinical and well being support services for people affected by cancer in Worcestershire. These services are made possible by the donations raised by our dedicated supporters.
Our team of Macmillan health professionals in Worcestershire are helping people living with cancer in our hospitals and local communities.
Just a few of the cancer specialism’s we offer are:
Gynaecology, Urology, Occupational Therapy, Dietitian, Speech and Language Therapy, Chemotherapy, Dermatology, Lymphoedema, Upper Gastro-Intestinal and Palliative Care
Community Nurse Teams operate across the area, based in Bromsgrove, Evesham, Kidderminster and Malvern, supporting people affected by cancer in their homes.
In addition to the medical support we offer, Worcestershire patients benefit from the support of Macmillan's emotional and financial support services.
These include the telephone support line, which is free to call and can help with general information and advice about cancer, on 0808 808 0000, offering specialist advice about benefits and youth advice for children and young people affected by cancer.
We can signpost to the following information and well being services based within the county;
Cancer Information and Support Centres, with services operating within the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, Kidderminster Treatment Centre and Worcestershire Royal Hospital, providing free and readily accessible information, without appointment.
Financial Support Services from Worcestershire Macmillan Citizens Advice team, with benefits advisers based in Redditch, Kidderminster and Worcester. Contact the team by calling 01905 725946 or visit www.cabwhabac.org.uk
Macmillan also funds a patient welfare grant scheme, which in 2013 alone gave a total of £73,393 in one-off grants to 260 county patients who were in financial hardship. This has supported requests for fuel bill payments, clothing and house hold equipment such as washing machines and bedding.
As you can see from the current team of health care professionals listed above, the people of Worcestershire benefit from a wealth of experienced and professional cancer care specialists. With your support, we can help to increase the range of nursing support we can offer in our local community.
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