Lifestyle and Cancer Awareness Events

The lifestyle and cancer awareness event aims to gather specialists, support services and information providers all under one roof!


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You can:
• Have your questions answered
• Meet other families experiencing similar situations, and
• Find new services to support you!


All events are free and are run by GENIE at the University of Leicester and Macmillan.


At the events

The supermarket-style events are held at the University of Leicester for previous and current cancer patients, their family members and friends. The SFWC team provides up to date information in a caring and sensitive manner that will help you and your family.

Some of the specialists who have attended our past lifestyle and cancer awareness events include:Julian Presenting

  • Cancer Genetics Consultants
  • Genetic Counsellors
  • Cancer researchers
  • Physiotherapists, and
  • Dieticians... to name just a few!



The presentations given at previous lifestyle and cancer awareness events include the roles of diet and physical activity in reducing cancer development, chemoprevention, genetics in cancer and the role of support groups. (These presentations are available to view on our Information and Videos page.)


The events also host a number of information and advice stalls for cancer support groups and other lifestyle and advice services. Feel free to ask the stall holders questions and gather information from them at your own pace.

Stall holders have included:

· Macmillan

· Leicester Royal Infirmary Cancer Information Centre

· National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline

· PROSTaid

· FAP Gene

· Cancer Self-Help Group Loughborough

· Coping with Cancer

· Hope Against Cancer

· Leicestershire STOP! Smoking service

· NHS Leicester City Health Trainers, Active Lifestyle Service and FAB Weight Management

· Occupational Therapy (private OT from Modern Human)

· Alternative therapies, and

· Cancer researchers explaining their work

Members of the GENIE team are also on hand to help you to learn more about healthy eating and fitness with their interactive activities.


Future events

SFWC February 2013 flyer (PDF)At the last event in October 2013 we ran a discussion forum to find out participants views about how we can best support and protect families with cancer. We are currently looking at these ideas and working to find further funding so we can focus our efforts and resources in the right way. For this reason we have not scheduled a date for the next Lifestyle and Cancer Awareness Event but you can still contact us for more information or register your interest via our online form. You can also sign up for news updates via the website updates form.

To find our more about the last event you can download the October 2013 programme (PDF) and flyer (PDF) or view the presentations from past events on our Information and Videos page.



We have had very positive feedback from families who have attended the lifestyle and cancer awareness events and they particularly appreciated the presentations given by experts and the chances to talk one to one with specialists.

An evaluation was carried out of the three events that took place in June 2012, October 2012 and February 2013. Out of the 65 attendees who participated in a survey, all found the overall events informative, with more than 80% finding them very informative. 81% said they intended to make changes to their lifestyle following the events.

People who attended found that the information given at the event was both helpful and reassuring, with one person noting it was an excellent day, very informative - hope they keep going and progress around the UK.

If you would like to share any other thoughts or feedback with us please email

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