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NHS launches new national COVID Cancer Antibody Survey

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The NHS has launched a national COVID Cancer Antibody Survey to assess antibody responses to the COVID-19 vaccines among cancer patients

People aged 18 or over, who are living in England and have either been diagnosed with cancer in the last year or are currently receiving cancer treatment, are being asked to sign up to the survey at www.covidcancersurvey.uk. Registered participants will be sent a finger-prick blood test that looks for antibodies against COVID-19 in the blood.

Vaccination is an important strategy to protect society from the effects of COVID-19, but there is emerging evidence that a small number of cancer patients may have lower levels of antibody response than the general population. The NHS don’t yet fully understand what lower levels of antibodies mean in terms of outcomes, but it may mean some people with cancer are not as protected from COVID-19.

By signing up for this survey, registered participants can help the NHS to develop their understanding of what antibody levels mean for people with cancer and help to provide the best treatment, care and support for patients, as well as finding out about the participants own antibody levels.

Participants will be asked to fill in a short form before being automatically redirected through to the NHS Test & Trace antibody test booking page where they’ll be able to book your free test. There are 10,000 places on this survey and the NHS expects to be recruiting participants for the next two to three months. To sign up to the survey, please visit https://covidcancersurvey.uk/.

Image shows a man in a blue and white checked shirt looking down at a paper. The NHS logo is in the top right hand corner and there is text on the image that says 'the national covid cancer antibody survey' http://covidcancersurvey.uk

Please note: The NHS are aware that, once a registration has been completed, participants will be directed onto the gov.uk antibody test booking service and one of the questions on that website asks to confirm a participants current employment status. Please ignore the text underneath this question, which asks participants not to continue if not working – people do qualify for an antibody test, regardless of their employment status. Simply answer this question and click ‘continue’ to book your test. The NHS are assured that the website is being updated imminently, when this message will be removed.

For more information, please use the ‘contact us’ section of the survey website: https://covidcancersurvey.uk/contact/

Fastest drop in smoking rate in over a decade as Stoptober launches

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Stoptober is back to help more smokers split up from their relationship with smoking.

This Stopober, smokers are being encouraged to end a bad relationship and split up with smoking for 28 days from 1st October.

The latest data from the UCL Smoking Toolkit Study suggest a 2.2% drop in adult smoking prevalence so far in 2019. Public Health England is encouraging England’s remaining smokers to join in with the nation’s biggest quit attempt and is providing them with the information and support they need to split up with smoking now.

If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. Whether you’ve tried to quit before, or this is the first time, Stoptober is encouraging you to become part of the movement and join thousands of people who are splitting up with smoking this October. If you make it to 28 days, you’re five times more likely to stay smokefree.

Just search ‘Stoptober’ online to find a range of free quitting support including the Stoptober app, Facebook messenger bot, daily emails and Stoptober online communities.

Free make-up and skincare session for people undergoing cancer treatment

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People who are going through cancer treatment will have the chance to feel a bit more like their usual selves this week as experts come together for a special event.

The Living With and Beyond Cancer Team from Castle Hill Hospital will be joining the Boots Macmillan Team to provide advice on everything from diet and exercise to skincare, make up, support groups and more.

The event will take place in Boots St Stephen’s, Hull, between 10am and 3pm on Thursday 1st August.

Visitors can expect top tips on how to apply make-up while undergoing treatment and how best to care for sensitive skin from experts representing top brands including No7, Dior, Liz Earle, Bare Minerals, Lancôme and Clinique.

Clinical experts, meanwhile, will also be on hand to talk people through the more practical and physical elements of coping with cancer.

Claire Walker, Macmillan Associate Practitioner with Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s Living With and Beyond Cancer Team says:

“We understand that going through cancer treatment can be a really worrying time, and people have all sorts of questions from ‘will I lose my hair?’ to ‘how will I pay the bills’ and everything in between.

“Our clinical team will be on hand to talk to people about life after cancer treatment, and that’s everything from fatigue and physical recovery to emotional support and activity groups to get involved with.

“Patients also worry about the side effects of cancer treatment and how this might impact on their looks and their sense of identity. Some people suffer from dry skin or can no longer wear the makeup they used to wear, while some lose their eyebrows as a result of their treatment and would like advice on how to draw them on.

“The Boots Macmillan Team are very sensitive to and very experienced in helping people with these kinds of issues, and with the help of some top brand cosmetics, they’re looking forward to sharing their knowledge and helping visitors look and feel more like their old selves again.”

For more information, contact the Living With and Beyond Cancer team at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust on 01482 461091.

 

Humber, Coast and Vale's former Programme Director, Lucy Turner, signing a pledge to increase cervical screening.

CERVICAL SCREENING PLEDGE

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Cervical Screening Pledge

Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance Programme Director, Lucy Turner, is pledging to support Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust ‘Time to Test’ campaign and encouraging all Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance employees to attend cervical screening appointments.

The pledge coincides with the launch of Public Health England’s (PHE) Cervical Screening Campaign, urging women to attend their cervical screening, with data showing that the number of women attending screening has fallen to a 20-year low.

Cervical cancer is a life-threatening disease but one that is largely preventable thanks to screening and vaccination. Cervical screening is one of the best ways to protect from cervical cancer and it is estimated that if everyone attended screening regularly, 83% of cervical cancer cases could be prevented.

Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance Programme Director, Lucy Turner, is pledging to support Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust ‘Time to Test’ campaign and encouraging all Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance employees to attend cervical screening appointments.

The pledge coincides with the launch of Public Health England’s (PHE) Cervical Screening Campaign, urging women to attend their cervical screening, with data showing that the number of women attending screening has fallen to a 20-year low.

Cervical cancer is a life-threatening disease but one that is largely preventable thanks to screening and vaccination. Cervical screening is one of the best ways to protect from cervical cancer and it is estimated that if everyone attended screening regularly, 83% of cervical cancer cases could be prevented.

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