Worried about cancer in the family? Have your say at Leicester event and find out more

Posted by er134 at Oct 07, 2013 11:13 AM |
University of Leicester’s GENIE to host Lifestyle and Cancer Awareness Workshop on Saturday 12 October

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 7 October 2013

People concerned about a family history of cancer are invited to meet with experts who will advise on preventing or delaying the disease.

The University of Leicester’s Genetics Education Networking for Innovation and Excellence (GENIE) will hold its fourth Lifestyle and Cancer Awareness Workshop on Saturday, 12 October.

The event, organised by GENIE’s Supporting Families with Cancer team, will focus on preventing cancer through diet and drugs and lifestyle advice and support.

There will also be an opportunity to let the team know your views about how they can best support you and your family.

Sessions will be led by clinical specialists and researchers and there will be opportunities to ask questions, share your views and find out more about preventing or delaying the onset of inherited cancer.

Talks will cover the role of diet, the use of the drug Tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer and the role of Turmeric in preventing bowel cancer.

There will also be one-to-one Physiotherapy advice sessions about safe and effective exercise and information stalls.

The event is supported by Macmillan Cancer Support, the University of Leicester, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, and the National Institute for Health Research’s Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

Dr Julian Barwell, Senior Lecturer in Cancer Genetics at the University’s Department of Genetics and cancer genetics consultant at Leicester’s Hospitals said: “This event is a wonderful opportunity for patients, families, researchers, clinicians and support groups to come together to discuss how we can support and protect families affected by cancer.

“We will be debating the use of Aspirin and Tamoxifen to prevent cancer and every patient will have an opportunity to speak to a cancer researcher, genetic counsellor, doctor, physiotherapist, dietitian and support group.

“It is a chance for everybody to ask questions and share their experiences as we shape services for the future.”

The Lifestyle and Cancer Awareness Workshop, hosted by GENIE, will take place in the Department of Genetics in the Maurice Shock Building at the University of Leicester on Saturday, 12 October, from 1.30pm until 5pm.

To register or find out more call 0116 252 3405 or email: sfwc@le.ac.uk

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Notes to editors:

For more information, please contact Dr Julian Barwell at: jgb8@le.ac.uk

Or Dr Joanne Singletary or at: jhs10@le.ac.uk

For more information about GENIE, please visit: www.le.ac.uk/genie

For more information about Supporting Families with Cancer please visit: www.le.ac.uk/sfwc

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