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Free Men’s Health drop in to ‘Speak Up Against Cancer’ at the Amex

Free Men’s Health drop in to ‘Speak Up Against Cancer’ at the Amex
Kat Hoare
  • On 13th November 2019
  • http://www.brightonjournal.co.uk

The Amex is hosting a free Men’s Health Drop in on Saturday 16th November as part of Albion In The Community’s Speak Up Against Cancer campaign.

Focusing on lung health this year, to coincide with Lung Cancer Awareness Month, men can go to the Stadium and get a full lung check up including an AAA screening – which could help detect an aneurysm. This test is usually only offered on the NHS to men over 65 and could be an important step in detecting an aneurysm, which can be very serious if not caught early.

Along with family history and high blood pressure, smoking is among the strongest risk factors which increase a person’s chances of having an AAA – hence the screening being offered at AITC’s lung health-focused event. 

Why aren’t women being offered this service?

The drop-in screening for AAA is not routinely offered to women or men under 65 as the risk of an AAA is much smaller in these groups. 

Everyone attending the free AITC health event will also be able to find out more about local ‘stop smoking’ services and get advice on reducing stress, eating healthily on a budget and weight management. There will also be information on free local sport, activity and fitness groups and other local services.

Why should I go?

Visitors will receive a voucher for 10% off at the Club Superstore valid for that day. There will also be free giveaways, a prize draw to win a signed Brighton & Hove Albion shirt, and free health walk tasters around the stadium. 

The free event will take place in the Medical Imaging Partnership’s Brighton Diagnostic & Treatment Centre in the stadium’s East Stand between 10am and 3pm.

It has been organised as part of AITC’s Speak Up Against Cancer campaign, which is commissioned by NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group and Brighton and Hove Public Health. It follows a similar event held in October focusing on women’s health.

Each year AITC delivers potentially life-saving information about the signs and symptoms of different cancers to thousands of people across the city.

Since the end of the 2018/19 football season alone, AITC’s team has attended more than 100 local events and shared its Speak Up Against Cancer messages with more than 7,000 people via one-to-one conversations. 

The event on the 16th November is being supported by Brighton and Hove Buses, which has donated 100 free bus vouchers to be given to people who have travelled to or from the event by bus, and Medical Imaging Partnership, which is providing the venue free of charge.

For more information on AITC’s local health projects and free activities, email: speakup@albioninthecommunity.org.uk, or call 01273 878269.

 

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