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Month-long campaign to raise awareness of screening


Public Health Wales is launching the second ‘Screening for Life’ campaign during the month of July to raise awareness of the national screening programmes offered by the NHS.

The campaign is aimed at encouraging eligible men and women across Wales to take up free NHS breast, cervical, bowel and abdominal aortic aneurysm screening.

Throughout the month, the Screening Engagement Team will be attending events throughout Wales to speak to members of the public about the screening programmes.

Events will include information stands at shopping centres, supermarkets, leisure centres and at the Royal Welsh Show, and open days at the Breast Test Wales centres in Wrexham and Cardiff.

The open days will be held on 7 July in Wrexham and on the 7, 14 and 21 July in Cardiff, and will allow women to view the facilities and ask questions about screening.

Anyone wanting to attend the open days should contact their local Screening Engagement Team on 029 2078 7829 for South Wales or 01492 863541 for North Wales.

For a full list of Screening For Life events, visit www.screening.wales.nhs.uk. If you are interested in working with us or supporting the campaign by holding a local event, a free Screening for Life resource pack is available on the website.

For the first time this year, the Screening Division will also be teaming up with Community Pharmacy Wales to deliver part of the campaign, with information on Bowel Screening Wales being made available in pharmacies throughout Wales.

Pharmacy visitors will be encouraged to discuss the screening programme with staff and to complete a questionnaire on their own experiences of bowel screening.

Dr Rosemary Fox, Director of Screening Division of Public Health Wales, said: “This is the second year of Screening For Life, which was very successful in 2013 and saw us speak to more than 1,000 people about screening and reach another half a million through social media.

“With four adult screening programmes running in Wales, it is important for men and women to know which programmes they are eligible for, and how to take part, and we look forward to answering any questions people may have.”

To follow the campaign you can ‘Like’ the Screening For Life facebook page at www.facebook.com/screeningforlife or follow @PublicHealthW on twitter. Please use #S4L14 for any Screening for Life related tweets.

Public Health Wales runs four screening programmes for adults – Breast Test Wales, Cervical Screening Wales, Bowel Screening Wales and the Wales Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme. Key Messages factsheets with important facts about each of the programmes can be found at www.screening.wales.nhs.uk

Source: Cwm Taf University Health Board

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