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MP highlights importance of spotting cancer early

PUBLISHED: 15:44 24 August 2011

Rushanara Ali MP (centre) visits the Cancer Awareness Roadshow in Bethnal Green. Pictured with nurses Ceri Eames and Michael Theodoru.

Rushanara Ali MP (centre) visits the Cancer Awareness Roadshow in Bethnal Green. Pictured with nurses Ceri Eames and Michael Theodoru.

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The MP for Bethnal Green and Bow took to the road this week to learn how to spot cancer early.

Rushanra Ali visited the Cancer Awareness Roadshow at Bethnal Green Market on Tuesday where nurses provide information on the link between lifestyle and cancer, the signs and symptoms of cancer, and the importance of screening.

Ms Ali MP said: “Its shocking that around three people in London are diagnosed with cancer every hour. When cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, treatment is often simpler and more likely to be effective. However, in Tower Hamlets cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage. Early detection saves lives.”

The roadshow organised by Cancer Research UK allows visitors to talk to a specialist nurse in a private consultation room, take a BMI test to check if their weight is within a healthy range and take away useful health information.

Cancer Awareness Roadshow nurse, Ceri Eames said: “If you notice any unusual or persistent changes in your body, visit your GP without delay. If it is something serious then finding it early could make all the difference.”

The roadshow will be stationed in Bethanl Green Market until Thursday from 10am to 3pm.

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