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Sign up for Dryathlon today!

Posted on the 4th September 2015

The Communities Against Cancer Team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging people to give up alcohol this September and become a Dryathlete for Cancer Research UK.

This year’s national Dryathlon campaign, organised by Cancer Research UK, aims to inspire members of the public to give up alcohol for the month of September to help raise money to beat cancer.  As an added bonus, Dryathletes will save money and feel fitter as a result of their alcohol-free efforts. Alcohol is a well-established risk factor for certain types of cancer, including breast, bowel, mouth and oesophageal cancer. The Trust works to raise awareness of how individuals can reduce their cancer risk by adopting healthy lifestyle behaviours and educates people about the signs and symptoms of common cancers and the importance of seeing a GP early to get any symptoms checked out. 

Alison Rushton from the Communities Against Cancer Team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

‘‘We work closely with Cancer Research UK to help raise awareness of the importance of early diagnosis and talk to people about the signs and symptoms of different cancers. The Dryathlon campaign is a great way to get anyone and everyone involved, either by taking part or sponsoring someone who is! Not only can quitting the drink for a month save you money, but staying off alcohol for can help you feel healthier and energised.”

The campaign runs throughout September, and it’s not too late to sign up! You can start a team, join an existing team or go solo. By taking part in Dryathlon and raising valuable funds you’ll be spreading awareness of ways you can reduce the risk of cancer and bringing forward the day when all cancers are cured.

As a health and wellbeing provider the Trust takes its responsibility to support people’s overall well-being seriously. Our 7,000 employees have a lot of contact with local people and we aim to make every contact with them count by taking these opportunities to have health chats about their lifestyle choices and the impact of these on their health. The focus is on addressing those lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking, poor diet and lack of exercise as these are the four main things that can lead to someone getting serious diseases such as heart disease or cancer. By having these health chats as a routine part of a person’s appointment we can support them to make some positive changes, increase their quality of life and ultimately improve overall health.

If you are concerned about any signs or symptoms of cancer, please visit your GP in the first instance.

For more information and to sign up to become a Dryathelete visit www.cancerresearchuk.org. You can find out more about the Communities Against Cancer team on the Trust’s website.