Residents attend cancer event in Forest Gate

Residents attend cancer event in Forest Gate

Residents attend cancer event in Forest Gate - Credit: Archant

Residents came together to take part in a cancer awareness project in Forest Gate earlier this month.

The Ekta Project hosted Public Health England’s Be Clear on Cancer awareness event on August 7 at the Forest Gate Learning Zone in Woodford Road.

The event aimed to raise awareness among women aged 70 and over.

Ramesh Verma OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Ekta Project said: “We were very pleased to host the Be Clear on Cancer, breast cancer awareness event.

“The breast cancer message aimed at women 70 and over is a very important message and it was a privilege to share such valuable information with our members.

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“The fact that the talk was in Hindi was a bonus, often important information is lost in translation.

Sunita Shrotria, Consultant Breast Surgeon, who delivered a talk during the event, added: “Many older South Asian women perceive themselves to be at a low risk of breast cancer but breast cancer affects all women from different ethnicities.

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“One of the biggest barriers for South Asian women presenting to their GP with breast cancer symptoms is they think they will be seen by a male doctor.

“That’s why it was important for me to highlight during the event that you can ask for a female doctor or nurse.”

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