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Start 2015 with a check-up at the Lane this weekend!

Posted on 16 January 2015  - 10:46

Get to know cancer will return to Tottenham Square tomorrow, urging fans who have noticed unexplained changes in their health and have yet to seek medical advice to drop by the pop-up stall before kick-off, where they can take advantage of a free BMI, blood pressure and carbon monoxide test.

The award-winning campaign, supported by the Club, has one clear message: cancer can be ‘treatable, even beatable’ if detected early.

Get to know cancer nurses, Eddy and Sheila, will be on-hand to carry out the simple health checks and answer any questions about cancer. Joined by a team of Get to know cancer activists, fans on their way to the game can pick up potentially life-saving information about the signs and symptoms of cancer and the importance of early diagnosis.

Since the start of the campaign partnership in August 2013, hundreds of fans have visited the pop-up stall outside the Lane.

NHS England estimates that 1,000 lives could be saved in London every year through early diagnosis of cancer. The Get to know cancer campaign, with support from the Club, is raising awareness of the early signs and symptoms of cancer in order to help more Londoners get treated earlier.

Dr Andy Mitchell, Regional Medical Director, NHS England (London), said: "In the time it takes the average commuter to get home this evening, three Londoners will hear the news that they have cancer. That’s 82 people every day – enough to fill a double decker bus.

“We know lives can be saved in London just by encouraging people to seek help for unusual or persistent symptoms. Half of fans who took part in a survey last season said they now wait less time before seeking medical advice about changes to their health as a result of this campaign. We - and London's patients - are grateful to Spurs for their vital support.”

Get to know cancer nurse, Sheila Williams, said: “The fear surrounding cancer can lead people to ignore important symptoms, but the Club is making it easy for fans to pop in and just have a chat and a check-up.

“If you haven’t already visited us, why not make it a new year’s resolution to come along and get checked out on the way to the match?

“It’s quick, free and confidential – we can offer you advice and referrals to a range of free local help including weight management and stop smoking services.”

The Get to know cancer pop-up stall will continue to be present at Premier League home games throughout the rest of the season.

For more information about Get to know cancer please email gtkc@tottenhamhotspur.com or visit www.gettoknowcancer.org