Workplace Cancer Champions

Tailored and practical education and support to help improve cancer outcomes in the workplace in East Lancashire

Cancer Research UK and CARES are offering local companies FREE cancer education, support and resources to their workforce. We will help you develop a Workplace Cancer Champion (WCC) in your company who will help to raise awareness of cancer and the importance of earlier diagnosis.

The local issue
There are around 2,100 new cancer cases every year in East Lancashire and around 980 deaths. With more than 4 in 10 cases of cancer cases in the UK being preventable through changes in lifestyle behaviour, early diagnosis of cancer is key to providing patients with more effective treatment options and improves their chance of survival. In our region in 2017, 50.6% of all new cancer cases were diagnosed at an early stage (1 and 2), lower than the England average, 54%.

The FREE initial 3 hour interactive cancer workshop will:

Dispel cancer myths and raise awareness of cancer prevention and the importance of earlier diagnosis

Dispel cancer myths and raise awareness of cancer prevention and the importance of earlier diagnosis

Dispel cancer myths and raise awareness of cancer prevention and the importance of earlier diagnosis

Dispel cancer myths and raise awareness of cancer prevention and the importance of earlier diagnosis

What about after the training?

The WCC will have access to online or face to face support from your local CRUK Facilitator and CARES team
A dedicated quarterly newsletter that will provide relevant cancer updates on campaigns, resources and support

What are the benefits?

Enables local companies to raise awareness of cancer prevention and early diagnosis
Employees will feel better informed about where to find cancer information and support for themselves, their family and their friends
Makes use of a completely FREE resource from CARES and CRUK

Things to consider

The WCC role would be best suited to an individual who is comfortable cascading information to colleagues and who has an interest/passion for improving the wellbeing of colleagues.

Workshop details

  • Wednesday 20th February, 9:00am to 11:30am at CVS Centre Burnley

If you are interested, but these dates aren’t suitable please contact the CARES team to discuss other options


Collaborative working and key contacts


Cancer Assessment Rapid Early Support (CARES) is a local charity committed to promoting the early assessment and rapid diagnosis of Cancer in the East Lancashire region. The charity’s immediate mission is to raise £525,000 for an additional Endoscopy Suite for the local community, enabling in the region of 10,000 extra sessions to be undertaken each year. Introduction of the new unit will reduce waiting times, help diagnose people more quickly and save lives!

In addition to raising funds, the charity is focussed on raising awareness about early symptoms of Cancer in the work place, arming local employers and their employees
with the information they need to spot the signs at an early stage and seek medical help early.

Natalie Bohane | Email:
Sharon Froggatt | Email:

About the CRUK Facilitator for East Lancashire

Cancer Research UK FacilitatorsCancer Research UK is a national cancer charity. Our vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. In the 1970s, less than a quarter of people with cancer survived. But over the last 40 years, survival has doubled. Our ambition is to accelerate progress and see three-quarters of people surviving the disease within the next 20 years.

The Cancer Research UK Facilitator programme was launched in 2014 and focusses on supporting healthcare professionals and organisations to improve prevention and early diagnosis. We offer FREE tailored, practical support to help change the way organisations manage cancer.

More information on the Facilitator programme is available online at programme/where-are-the-facilitators

East Lancashire Facilitator Contact:
Natalie Williams | Tel: 07983 866363 | Email:

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