Newham charity works with GPs for cancer awareness

A Newham charity has teamed up with volunteer doctors to raise cancer awareness as part of the Olympics legacy.

Community Links will also be working with other health professionals to promote early detection of the disease.

Team Up is being organised by the London Deanery, which is responsible for training the capital’s doctors and dentists. The project has been granted the Inspire mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme. The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It is supporting projects that promote health, wellbeing and fitness in London that could benefit from the expertise of doctors and dentists. Deanery staff and other health care professionals in training are also involved.

In line with their Early Action approach Community Links are raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of the major cancers as part of their ‘small c’ campaign.

Frances Clarke, from Community Links said: “We are encouraging people to detect cancer early while it is small and more easily treated. It is our intention that this project will have a positive impact that lasts beyond the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Lord Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: “The Inspire programme is ensuring the legacy of the 2012 Games starts now as projects like Team Up are enabling people in London to make positive life changes.”