14 April 2016
Sam Scagell is the new Macmillan Cancer Information Officer for Solihull
Every year across the country, around 350,000 people are diagnosed with cancer. That equates to over 1,300 people just in Solihull. Too often, they struggle to find information that could help them with distressing medical, emotional, practical and financial issues. This may be because they don’t know where to look, find it intimidating to ask health or social care professionals for help, or are simply overwhelmed by the information that is out there, especially on the internet.
That’s why Macmillan Cancer Support and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council have worked together to create a brand new position at the local authority. Sam Scagell is the new Macmillan Cancer Information Officer and knows first-hand how important it is to have answers to those questions about cancer.
Sam said: ‘I was there when my mum was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and my dad had a rare cancer as well, so I understand the steps that someone goes through at that time – not knowing what you’re facing or what support is out there is the worst thing.
‘It’s a subject I’m really passionate about so I want to make sure people can get the answers they need. I was born and bred in Solihull and I really want to make a difference.’
Sam’s role will initially be to go out into the community – visiting around 120 different sites across Solihull, including pharmacies, GP surgeries and libraries – to look at what cancer information is there, identify where the gaps are and then improve what’s on offer and how people access it. To do this, Sam will be armed with Macmillan’s award-winning information, as well as resources from other charities and health bodies.
Sam will also train staff in libraries to spot people who need support, and she’ll play a vital role in directing people to other local and national services that can provide them with the specialist support they need.
No one should face cancer alone. If you need support or just someone to talk to, call 0808 808 0000 Monday – Friday, 9am – 8pm.