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Peterborough communities urged 'not to ignore cancer screening'

GLADCA is to host cancer screening workshops in a bid to promote women from ethnic minorities to come forward and prioritise their health. 
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Cancer screening workshops to be held at GLADCA, to promote uptake among ethnic minorities

GLADCA is a community centre in Gladstone Street, supporting different ethnicities in Peterborough with language classes and offering life skills and signposting for projects.

Talking about the screening project, centre manager Yasmin Ilalhi said: “We are launching a new project to promote positive health among women. 

“We hope to create awareness and offer support for the same and will be organising cancer screening here. 

“It’s work in progress but we will be holding workshops with focus groups and even invite medical professionals to highlight the importance of thew screening. 

“Data has showed that the uptake of screening for Asians communities is low in comparison to others, so we would like to encourage people to take this up. 

“We want the community to support this health project. Women often put themselves second – with house, family. We need to bring a change to this and promote a positive outlook towards health and wellbeing.” 

Last week, a coffee morning was held, attended by local GP and Labour councillor Dr Shabina Asad Qayum who was invited to promote health and wellbeing and encourage the vaccine uptake.

Over 100 people attended the event where Dr Qayyum gave tips on how to stay healthy in winter.

She is now urging members of the public, especially from the ethnic minorities to attend cancer screening invitations. 

She said: “Data and statistics have shown that screening for cervical cancer and bowel cancer are below average in Cambridgeshire, according to Public Health data. 

“It’s important to make people understand the risks of screening to detect cancer. It's free on NHS and there are ways of accessing it.  

“It’s important to note that ethnic minority backgrounds such as the Asian communities perceive the bowel cancer screening to be a rather invasive method to detect cancer. 

“The methods have changed now, so I would urge anybody who has received this invitation to take it up. Screening is the most effective way to detect cancer in the early stages, so that it becomes more treatable in the early stages. 

“It’s great that organisations like Gladca and other community organisations are doing some fabulous work to promote awareness.

"I am proud and pleased to be working with them as well as working on behalf of the British Islamic Medical Association and delivering talks with fellow GP such as Dr. Azhar Choudhry at the local mosques, creating awareness about the importance on cancer screening.” 

GLADCA has been busy over the past months, supporting communities during the pandemic with food parcels, online English classes as well as promoting a positive message on the Covid vaccines.